What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a joyous historical holiday celebrated primarily among Black Americans. The day is recognized by many states, including Ohio, but needs to be considered a national holiday. This day deserves recognition and respect from all of us, and we should all aim to learn more and celebrate this meaningful day.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that enslaved people were now free. This was 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official Jan. 1, 1863. The 13th Amendment, which was ratified in 1865, freed enslaved people everywhere in the U.S. More info here.

Throughout the country, there are celebrations on Juneteenth. Here’s a list of many of those taking place in Ohio! Please visit the links to see if organizers are asking for a Black-only space or if aspiring allies are invited.







Email communications@oaesv.org to get a celebration in your town added to this list!