The Juneteenth Family Festival provides a new venue to honor the 157th anniversary of the day an estimated 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas learned they were free. June 19, 1865, known as Juneteenth, is the day Union Army Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and announced that the Civil War was over and President Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery two years earlier.
In 2021, President Biden signed a bill making June 19 a federal holiday. City of San Antonio and Bexar County offices will be closed on June 20, also known as Emancipation Day.
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