Juneteenth (a combination of the words June and Nineteenth) commemorates the date that marks the end of slavery in the United States, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1, 1863.

During that delay, Texas withheld the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation and many enslavers relocated to Texas to keep more than 250,000 Africans enslaved. Federal troops enforced the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865, and the first Juneteenth was immediately celebrated. (Source: Lone Star Pasts). Slavery was abolished formally with the adoption of the 13th Amendment in December of that year.

Juneteenth commemorates freedom, and achievements and contributions of African Americans are celebrated. In 2007, Juneteenth was officially recognized as a state holiday in North Carolina.

Housing and Residence Life staff members have been encouraged to recognize Juneteenth in the following ways, and to participate in events and access resources and we’d like to share these ideas with you:

  • Educate yourself regarding the holiday and the injustices specifically against Black Americans
  • Share information and resources. Feel free to use resources below.
  • Critically reflect and engage in meaningful dialogue
  • Intentionally support a Black-owned business
  • Celebrate and feel joy