In observance of the federal holiday Juneteenth, the Odd Dog office will be closed on Friday, June 18th, 2021. As the first federal holiday established since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983, Juneteenth becomes the eleventh federally recognized holiday.
Juneteenth commemorates the day the news of emancipation reached the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. Despite the fact that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law in 1863, granting legal freedom to enslaved people in the Confederate States, enslaved people in the Confederacy were not promptly freed. The Emancipation Proclamation did not immediately take effect in places still under Confederate control.
It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that Union Major General Gordon Grander proclaimed the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, the western-most Confederate state. Juneteenth commemorates the day the last enslaved people heard of their freedom.
Emancipation Proclamation only granted freedom to enslaved people in the Confederacy, and it wasn’t until the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution in 1865 that all enslaved people were granted freedom throughout the Union.
The name Juneteenth is a blend of the words June & Nineteenth.
The holiday is also known as Emancipation Day.
It wasn’t until 1980 that Texas became the first state to commemorate Juneteenth as a state holiday.
On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Biden signed into law the passage of Juneteenth as a U.S. federal holiday.
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