Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual celebration that marks the emancipation of all slaves in the Confederacy. It commemorates June 19, 1865, the day when enslaved Texans in Galveston were informed that slavery was over. It was formally recognized as a Texas state holiday in 1979 and as a City of San Antonio and federal holiday in 2021. It was the first new federal holiday recognized since Martin Luther King Day in 1984. Learn more about the history and meaning of Juneteenth by checking out our book recommendations, upcoming local events and exploring other resources listed below.
Carver Community Cultural Center, 222 N. Hackberry, San Antonio, TX 78202 (210) 207-7211
Juneteenth San Antonio, 6306 Port Royal St., San Antonio, TX 78244 (210) 843-7805
San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum (SAAACAM), 218 S. Presa, San Antonio, 78205 (210) 724-3350
Texas State Library and Archives Lorenzo de Zavala Building, Capitol Complex, 1201 Brazos St., Austin, TX 78701 (512) 463-5474
National Museum of African-American History & Culture, 1400 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20560
Jarvis Givens is an Assistant Professor of Education and a Faculty Affiliate in the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. is Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research at Harvard University.