This Wednesday, June 19th, is a national holiday that doesn’t always get the recognition it deserves. Juneteenth marks the anniversary of a milestone in American history. On June 19th, 1865, Union soldiers arriving in Galveston, Texas delivered the news that the Civil War had ended, and that the thousands of enslaved African-Americans living in Texas were now free. Technically, all slaves in the United States were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation two years prior, but in the Confederate South, and particularly in Texas, the Proclamation had not been enforced. After Confederate General Lee’s surrender in April 1865, the last wall of resistance to emancipation crumbled. The last remaining slaves could finally pursue lives as free Americans. Juneteenth celebrations became widespread during the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 60s, as a new generation of African-Americans investigated their heritage. Today, Juneteenth is celebrated across the country, with 42 states (including Massachusetts) recognizing it as a holiday. Check out the video below to learn more, and be sure to recognize Juneteenth on Wednesday!