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Juneteenth

June 19

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Juneteenth

Introduction

Juneteenth is an annual federal holiday in the USA, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. During the American Civil War, the Emancipation Proclamation declared that enslaved people living in the Confederate States, in the south of the country, were free. It took nearly two years for this proclamation to reach some people. The day is marked on the 19th of June as it was that day in 1865 when the residents of Galvestone, Texas learnt that slavery had been abolished. A huge party broke out immediately, and the following year official celebrations were arranged.

The idea spread across the United States, and today the event is widely celebrated. The day is also known as Emancipation Day, Jubilee Day and Juneteenth National Independence Day. Red foods and drinks are often consumed at Juneteenth picnics and celebrations.

This video explains more about Juneteenth and the end of slavery.

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Teaching Ideas and Resources

  • Find Galveston, Texas and Washington DC on Google Maps. How far apart are they? How quickly could a message get from one to the other today?
  • Try making some strawberry lemonade.
  • Write a list of words that you associate with freedom. Make them into a word cloud.

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