EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — The city of Edinburg will host the first-ever Juneteenth Jubilee Online from June 15 to June 19.
Juneteenth is the oldest celebration that commemorates the end of slavery for African Americans in the United States.
On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers traveled into Galveston, Texas to announce and enforce freedom among former slaves. At that time, Texas was the last confederate state.
The celebration of June 19 was coined “Juneteenth” and grew with more participation from descendants.
On Jan. 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official state holiday.
It’s a day to celebrate African American freedom and achievement while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures. Juneteenth has been celebrated in the City of Edinburg for the past 27 years.
Due to the pandemic and social distancing orders, the city’s cultural Arts Division will host online programs and projects – including musical performances, online cooking tutorials and interactive kid engagement posts.