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Juneteenth History and Celebration

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration Image



Juneteenth is the remembrance and celebration of June 19th, 1865. The celebration marks the day that slaves in Galveston, Texas were told that slavery had ended. President Abraham Lincoln had actually ended slavery two and a half years prior to the Texas slaves being notified. Juneteenth celebrations are marked by parades, food, honoring ancestors, and music.

While Seattle Central College continues to operate remotely, we invite you join Juneteenth Week 2020 events with Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County.


Image Source: Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900, Texas. Image from The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Black Lives Matter Seattle-King County

BLMSKC Juneteenth Flyer

News and Articles

History of Slavery

America and slavery developed side-by-side; their shared history was developed by edicts and constitutions as well as by the actions and reactions of individuals. Learn more about the history of slavery with this interactive timeline by THIRTEEN Media (PBS). 

Legacy of Slavery

Seattle 2020 Juneteenth March

Juneteenth March Flyer

Visit King County Equity Now for more information.

Juneteenth Poetic Uprising

griots rising 6/19 - faces of black poets who will read at a juneteenth poetic uprising event

Visit Seattle Office of Arts & Culture on Facebook for more information

Remembering and Honoring Elders

Learning through Fiction

Writing on Freedom

Juneteenth Across the Country

In 1980, Texas was the first state to establish Juneteenth as a state holiday. Now, many states observe Juneteenth as a state holiday or day of observance. From

Alabama                  2011

Alaska                     2001

Arizona                   2016

Arkansas                2005

California                2002

Colorado                 2004

Connecticut            2003

Delaware                 2000

Washington D.C.    2003

Florida                    1991

Georgia                   2011

Idaho                       2001

Illinois                     2003

Indiana                    2010

Iowa                        2002

Kansas                   2007

Kentucky               2005

Louisiana              2003

Maine                     2011

Maryland               2014

Massachusetts     2007

Michigan               2005

Minnesota            1996

Mississippi           2010

Missouri               2003

Montana               2017

Nebraska              2009

Nevada                  2011

New Jersey           2004

New Mexico          2006

New York              2004

North Carolina     2007

Ohio                      2009

Oklahoma             1994

Oregon                  2001

Pennsylvania        2011

Rhode Island        2013

South Carolina     2007

Tennessee            2007

Texas                    1980

Utah                      2016

Vermont               2008

Virginia                2007

Washington         2007

West Virginia       2008

Wisconsin            2009

Wyoming              2003

Political Action