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North Carolina joins in the celebration of Juneteenth, a National holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederacy. We invite you to use the resources below that have been curated to encourage awareness and enthusiasm for the Juneteenth holiday.

What is North Carolina's "Juneteenth" story?

North Carolina's Liberation Story

Juneteenth is embraced and celebrated by all races and ethnicities in honor, and commemoration of African American culture and achievements.  Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1866.

North Carolina became the 26th state in 2007 to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. The day was recognized as a federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law. Juneteenth is about freedom, liberation, and celebration. It is a holiday for North Carolinians tocome together to foster connections that will continue to empower and uplift the community.