Answers to 9 questions about Juneteenth

When is the holiday, why is it celebrated and what makes it relevant today?

From the historical context to current day celebrations, historian Samuel Collins III of the Juneteenth Legacy Project shares information about Juneteenth and its history in his hometown of Galveston, Texas.

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  • What is Juneteenth?

  • When did Juneteenth celebrations begin?

  • When did Juneteenth become a federal holiday?

  • How do people celebrate Juneteenth?

  • Why is Juneteenth important for the United States to celebrate?

  • What concerns are there about the commercialization of the holiday?

  • How can people respectfully celebrate the day?

  • Where can I get more information?

  • How is the day celebrated in Galveston, Texas where it began?

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Reporter and project manager

Tony Lascari •