“On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to read a military order that stated enslaved Africans were free. This marks the beginning of Jubilee Day, or what became known as Juneteenth Day celebrations in Black communities in east Texas and across the United States. Juneteenth is part of a long tradition of Freedom Day celebrations in the U.S., commemorating significant events in African American history. Juneteenth has become a fixture of the black protest calendar and black history tradition, which includes Kwanzaa, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Black History Month.”

Professor Keith Mayes in African American & African Studies in the College of Liberal Arts, Twin Cities

Find reflections, resources, events, and other ways to engage with Juneteenth recommended by University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff below. 

Commemorating Juneteenth

We acknowledge and value the diverse religious and cultural observances that occur throughout the year. We also encourage all community members to broaden their understanding and appreciation of these events and to demonstrate respect for those observing. This and other observances are gathered by the University's Office for Equity and Diversity. Visit their website for more information and resources.

Holidays and Religious Observances