On Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared Juneteenth an official state holiday. This day is celebrated annually on June 19th, commemorating the end of slavery in America.
The holiday dates back 155 years. On June 19, 1865, a band of Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and were greeted with the news that the enslaved were now free, and that the war had ended. This news was delivered over two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued on January 1, 1863.
We’ve put together a resource guide to help you celebrate and honor the importance of the day.
For more information, Virginia REALTORS® has put together a list of great resources.