Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the American Civil War had ended. General Order #3 proclaimed, "The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
African Burial Ground National Monument is proud to announce that Ilyasah Shabazz, esteemed daughter of Malcolm X, will be the special guest for the 2014 Juneteenth Celebration on June 19th at 12 noon. This special presentation honors the Civil Rights Movement. Ms. Shabazz will also be available after the question-and-answer session of the presentation for a book signing of her children's masterpiece, "Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up To Become Malcolm X." There will be more information forthcoming about this unforgettable celebration. HOLD THE DATE!