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Get to Know Juneteenth: From History to Celebration

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The Juneteenth holiday began on June 19, 1865, when "some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as 'Juneteenth' by the newly freed people in Texas."

Juneteenth is our most recently declared federal holiday, and while most schools in Wisconsin will already be out of the classroom for the summer, it nonetheless deserves our attention, study, and to be added to school curricula. Here's a quick resource guide to get to know the holiday, to deepen your knowledge, and to honor the history of Juneteenth.


How to Celebrate Juneteenth


Teaching Resources

  • Juneteenth Lesson plans and teaching strategies from Teaching Tolerance for grades six through eight.