Galveston, Texas, Juneteenth, President Joseph Robinette Biden

The Origins Of “Juneteenth”

Juneteenth is celebrated annually on June 19th, the day that Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to issue General Order Number 3, since that is the order that emancipated all slaves in the state of Texas; which was the last Confederate state to surrender to the Union.

Photograph of Union General Gordon Granger.

On June 17th, 2019, U.S. President Joseph Robinette Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday, which was the first new federal holiday established since 1985.

Author’s Note:

The Union General Gordon Grander’s General Order Number 3 is stored within the National Archieves in Washington, D.C.

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