This photograph from June 19, 1900, shows an African American band celebrating the end of slavery. The Black community would embrace Juneteenth (“June” plus “nineteenth”)—the date when the Union Army arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 and announced freedom two and a half years after emancipation—as a day to rejoice freedom’s arrival. Today, annual celebrations continue across the country.


  • Title: Juneteenth celebration in Texas
  • Date Created: June 19, 1900
  • Location Created: Austin, Texas
  • Subject Keywords: Reconstruction, slavery
  • Original Source: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library
  • Rights: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

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