Honoring Emancipation Day

A resource guide about the history and celebration of Juneteenth in San Antonio.

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See the list of resources and events for Juneteenth in San Antonio, TX.

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Did you know the origins of Juneteenth happened here in Texas, specifically in Galveston Bay? Now a federal holiday, San Antonio has dived deeper into how to honor the history of its Black community.

What is Juneteenth?

The Emancipation Proclamation became law on January 1, 1863, its news took two years to spread to Texas. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, the remaining 250,000 enslaved population was liberated.

In 1979, the state of Texas began to recognize Juneteenth as a holiday, while the City of San Antonio adopted the holiday in 2021.

How can I get involved?

Here are a few organizations and community resources devoted to honoring + celebrating the local Black community:

The Juneteenth is on Monday, June 19, however, San Antonians can get involved in events days before — as well as the day of — the holiday. Here are a few events happening in the Alamo City:
Wednesday, June 14

Friday, June 16

Saturday June 17

Sunday, June 18

Monday, June 19

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