What Is Juneteenth and Why Is It Celebrated?


Juneteenth is the holiday celebrated on June 19 to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Galveston, Texas, whereas on that date in 1865, Union soldiers arrived and announced to enslaved people that the war was over, that slavery was abolished in the United States, and that they were declared free under the terms of the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation that was issued more than two years earlier on January 1, 1863.

A mix of June and 19th, Juneteenth has become a day to commemorate the end of slavery In America and became a federal holiday in 2021. Organizations in a number of states and other countries use the day to recognize the end of slavery and to celebrate the culture and achievements of African Americans.


The Salina Juneteenth Celebration Committee was formed in March of 2007 under the leadership of Jackie L. Anders. A committee was establish and the first celebration was June 16-17, 2007. The Proclamation from the City of Salina was issued on June 11, 2007.

The purpose of the Salina Juneteenth Celebration Committee is to promote and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture. Juneteenth celebrates African American freedom while encouraging self-development and respect for all cultures.

Juneteenth is taking on a more national and even global perspective. The future of Juneteenth looks bright as the number of cities and states come on board and form local committees and organizations to coordinate the activities. This national day of pride is growing. The committee continues to organize celebrations to promote African American culture and history for the community of Salina.

Mission Statement:
The purpose of the Juneteenth Celebration is to promote the elimination of racism and cultivate knowledge and appreciation of African American history and culture.