June 19, 1865.
On that date, Union soldiers arrived in Texas, the remotest state in the former Confederacy
and proclaimed to both enslaved people and slaveowners
that the war had ended and that all slaves were free.
That’s what Juneteenth commemorates.
The Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture
calls this national holiday “our country’s second independence day.”
- Romans 12:1 - 8