Juneteenth celebrates a difficult time in American history, and the last vestiges of Slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
What is going on in Memphis?
The Memphis Juneteenth Urban Music Festival on Beale commemorates freedom with musical performances, shopping and community celebration. The festival invites people of all backgrounds to learn about Juneteenth and to celebrate the historical progress that this holiday represents. Guests enjoy great performances, vendors, family and fellowship as they remember an important time in America's history.