Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration to commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States.
After the Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, owners in many isolated areas kept word from their slaves so that they would not flee. On June 19, 1865, some of the last slaves in America were freed when the news at last reached Confederate Galveston, Texas. Since that day, Juneteenth has been celebrated to honor the African Americans who built this nation.
A Juneteenth Celebration will also take place in Cedar Rapids on June 15. For more information: https://blackiowa.org/.