Galveston, TexasWhen Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865 and declared an end to slavery, enslaved people already knew that enslavement had ended, contrary to popular lore. But it would take more than a century for the nation to formally recognize that momentous date.
President Joe Biden signed legislation into law on Thursday which now makes June 19th, or Juneteenth, a federal holiday—placing that date at the same level of other important milestones of United States history. Many black Americans have long enjoyed the Juneteenth holiday among family, friends, and loved ones but with the new federal holiday, it will finally be recognized by all Americans.
President Biden acknowledged the gravity of the day in history: "This is a