Roanoke, Va. (WFXR) — Juneteenth is short for June 19th and marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were set free. The troop’s arrival came a full 2 1/2 years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth honoring the effective end to slavery is considered the longest-running African American holiday. In commemoration of this, the Harrison Museum of African American Culture is hosting a panel discussion acknowledging the past and focusing on the future. Museum Board Member Arnold Speaks provides further details.