“On June 19, 1865 — nearly nine decades after our nation’s founding and more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas were told for the first time, they were free. While in many cases celebrations, parades and events will be held, Juneteenth carries a much deeper meaning in its call for justice – today.

“This day gives us all a moment to reflect on the critical issues that perpetuate discrimination against all people, as a platform in our continuous pursuit for equality for all. Let us all better understand the full history of this historic day and to use our voices to create meaningful change.”

- George Latimer, Westchester County Executive