The oft-repeated tale of Union soldiers arriving in Galveston, Texas to inform enslaved African Americans that they were free is pure fiction.
This year, the holiday falls on Shabbat.
The ritual meal of Passover gives us a way to think about and relate to a history of enslavement. Can we connect that to Juneteenth?
Juneteenth celebrates one of the most important events in American history: the end of slavery. June 19, 1865, was Galveston, Texas, finally freed its enslaved people — the last place in the United States to do so.
Forward Archivist Chana Pollack reflects on Juneteenth, the history of the slave trade, and why we must remember it today.
“154 years after the original Juneteenth, it’s melancholic at best. There’s less celebration, more consternation…more frowned reflection.”
Where are the Abe Lincoln’s in our government’s leadership today?
“Juneteenth is an important reminder to all of us of why we fight for freedom.”
“Let’s be real. Jews still benefit from the culture of white supremacy that we all live in.”