On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War in Galveston, Texas.
President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took two and a half years to reach the public.
156 additional years passed before the US government declared Juneteenth a federal holiday.
The day has been celebrated by Black communities for more than a century and a half.
Parades and festivals celebrating Juneteenth are taking place across the country.
The federal employees and those who work for 17 states will have a paid day off tomorrow.
Corporations are commercializing Juneteenth instead of Walmart's Juneteenth ice cream.
Here is Toni Morrison's 1978 recording, which she had just published her third novel, Song of Solomon.
She describes what freedom means to her in her second novel, Sula.
The story of two Black women in a racist midwest town, one taking on society's responsibilities.