Juneteenth | NYU Tandon School of Engineering


NYU Tandon joins communities around the country to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States. 

Celebrating Juneteenth

A Brief History

Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 with news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth marks an effective end to slavery in the United States and is celebrated in cities and towns across the county.

Honoring Juneteenth

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State on October 14, 2020. Juneteenth became a federal holiday when President Biden signed legislation on June 17, 2021.

Learn more about the annual Juneteenth NY Festival.


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What's Juneteenth? A Guide To Celebrating America's Second Independence Day by Dolly Chugh, Associate Professor NYU Stern School of Business

How the ‘Racial Capitalism’ that Commodified Women’s Bodies Haunts Us Today  NYU News

Juneteenth, explained Vox

So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth?  New York Times



What Is Juneteenth? – History.com

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth – The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture



What is Juneteenth? – ABC News

The history behind Juneteenth and why it resonates today – Washington Post