On this Juneteenth, we honor the emancipation of enslaved African Americans, knowing that it is now an official federal holiday. U.S. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act on the 17th of June. The holiday, celebrated on the 19th of June every year, commemorates the ending of slavery. It marks the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned they were free from bondage, around two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. The communication was issued by U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and goes as follows. Notice, the latter part of this order shows that while the order freed the slaves, there would be a long journey to being viewed with equality and treated justly.