NYU Tandon joins communities around the country to recognize and celebrate Juneteenth, which marks the end of slavery in the United States.
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.
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.
What's Juneteenth? A Guide To Celebrating America's Second Independence Day by Dolly Chugh, Associate Professor NYU Stern School of Business
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