Understanding Juneteenth: History, significance and upcoming celebrations at FIU | FIU News

Written by on May 24, 2023

By Ethan Torres

Although Juneteenth is a fairly new federal holiday, its origins date back to the 19th century. In 1863, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln. As it was written, the proclamation would guarantee freedom to all enslaved people.

It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, however - a full two years later - that a purported 2,000 federal troops arrived in Texas to finally enforce the end of slavery in the United States. 

Because of the significance behind June 19, "Juneteenth" – a name that combines . . .

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