BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) Wednesday, June 19th is Juneteenth. The oldest-known holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the civil war in Galveston, Texas – making all slaves free.
The war had already been over for weeks but news traveled slowly back then. There are often ‘Juneteenth’ festivals and events planned around the country in honor of the day. Tourists also take pilgrimages to Galveston to honor the moment in history.
In downtown Birmingham, a Juneteenth celebration will take place in Kelly Ingram Park. The event is free for everyone. There will be live music, food, and giveaways. It will last from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.