Here are a few of the most interesting Juneteenth statistics and facts I was able to dig up in my internet travels. As always, be sure to check back in the future as I will be updating this post as new and updated stats become available.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many slave owners continued to hold their slaves captive after the announcement, so Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African American freedom. (source)
When is Juneteenth?
Every year on June 19th
Is Juneteenth a Federal holiday in the US?
No (not yet)
Where is Juneteenth celebrated?
Across the United States at the state and local levels
Number of US states that commemorate or observe Juneteenth:
47 states and the District of Columbia (as of June 3, 2020)
When was Juneteenth first celebrated?
It became an annual celebration in 1866.
First state to declare Juneteenth a state holiday:
Texas, in 1980
Other names for Juneteenth :
Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day, Freedom Day