Recruit Petra wishes you and your family a happy Juneteenth today!
What is Juneteenth?
Black Americans began to celebrate Juneteenth in honor of when Texas - the last rebel state - officially abolished slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union Major Gen. Gordon Granger and his regiment rode into Galveston, Texas, with news the Civil War had ended and that the state's enslaved people were now free.
It was more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation – which went into effect on January 1, 1863 – and nearly six months after the 13th Amendment was passed by Congress officially abolishing the institution of slavery.
In 1980, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday, through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African-American state legislator.
Parades, rodeos, cookouts, contests, live music, community awards, workshops, and other outdoor or online activities are ways that Juneteenth can be celebrated!
We hope that you enjoy this wonderful day with friends family. Enjoy!