The 1863 Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery immediately in places under Confederate control in the United States.
Two years after the Proclamation, on June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, and announced that the enslaved Black people there were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as Juneteenth, observed primarily through local celebrations. In 2020, a group of U.S. Senators (including now Vice President, Kamala Harris) proposed a bill to declare Juneteenth a national holiday. The bill was re-introduced in 2021 by Senate and House lawmakers as the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act.
Learn about Anchorage’s Juneteenth celebration and national events here: www.juneteenthanchorage.com
ADMISSION IS FREE at the Anchorage Museum on Juneteenth, June 19th, 2021