Officially recognized as a City holiday since 2020, and a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Although the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln was meant to end institutional slavery in 1863 for confederate states, after the end of the Civil War, some former confederate states still refused to grant freedom to their enslaved populations. On June 19, 1865, the last African Americans enslaved were finally freed when Union Major General Gordon Granger went to Galveston, Texas to enforce the emancipation with General Order No. 3. Celebrations erupted from the newly freed people, and commemorations have been held since 1866. Slavery was formally abolished in the United States with the adoption of the 13th amendment in December 1865.
In 2020, the City of College Park officially recognized Juneteenth as a holiday to remember its historical significance and impact on American life. This year, we're honoring Juneteenth by celebrating freedom for all Americans and ensuring that Black Lives Matter. Read the City's Proclamation on Juneteenth here. You can celebrate Juneteenth with us by:
To learn more about African American history in Prince George's County this Juneteenth, check out links below:
You can also plan a visit to these places to learn more about Juneteenth and African American history and culture: