June 19, 1865 to be exact. Juneteenth better known as Freedom Day. Celebrates the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved people in the United States.
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, was a wartime political measure and freed slaves in the South but wasn't enforced in many states until after the Civil War two years later.
The Emancipation Proclamation did pave the way for the permanent abolition of slavery. At the end of the war Lincoln and his allies in Congress began working on the 13th Amendment to abolish slavery. The amendment was passed at the end of January 1865.
At the end of the Civil War when confederate soldiers surrendered in April 1865, word did not reach all enslaved people until June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to Galveston, Texas.
Chicago is celebrating Juneteenth Day: Chicago made history earlier this year when city government approved Juneteenth day as a day of observance. And there will be plenty of celebrations going on in the City from Juneteenth Ball to SBA Celebration to Community Festivals or Virtual Celebrations! Explore on eventbrite.