North Carolina joins in the celebration of Juneteenth, a National holiday and commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederacy. We encourage 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 andcelebrated by all races andethnicities in honor, andcommemoration of African Americanculture and achievements.Juneteenth has been celebratedannually on June 19 in various partsof the United States since 1866.
North Carolina became the 26th state in 2007 to recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday. The day was recognizedas 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.