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Juneteenth Family Day in Galveston Galveston Texas United States

Juneteenth Family Day in Galveston

As the city where Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1865, with the first reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in the south, Galveston remains a touchstone for this important holiday. The city celebrates every year with a prayer breakfast, a concert, and a reading of the Proclamation at the Ashton Villa in town—the site, seen here, where the historic event first happened, and the birthplace of the first government-recognized holiday for African Americans in the U.S. There is also a parade, a wide variety of public and private events around town, and the annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth picnic, named after Galveston's first female African American police.