The White House Released a Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth
Statement from President Obama on the Occasion of Juneteenth
On this day in 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, those who found themselves still enslaved in Galveston, Texas had their hopes realized and their prayers answered. Contrary to what others had told them, the rumors they had heard were indeed true. The Civil War had ended, and they were now free.
Read the President’s complete Juneteenth statement – Juneteenth 2009