On June 19, 1865 — President Lincoln declared all enslaved persons free
Those who were freed from bondage celebrated their long-overdue emancipation on June 19.
Juneteenth is a day to reflect on both bondage and freedom— a day of both pain and purpose.
On Juneteenth, we remember our extraordinary capacity to heal, to hope,and to emerge from our worst moments as a stronger, freer, and more just Nation.

Celebrating Our Day of Freedom