ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Gatherings across the country Wednesday celebrated the abolition of slavery in the United States.
“Juneteenth” is observed on the anniversary of the day in 1865 when news of their emancipation reached slaves in Galveston, Texas. That took more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.
This year in Albuquerque, people gathered at Civic Plaza for an evening of family fun to celebrate the freedom of all Americans.
“This is a state holiday. It’s something for everyone to celebrate, not just blacks, because Black History is American History as we know, but sometimes that history didn’t make it into our history books,” Cathryn McGill, New Mexico Black History Organizing Committee, said.
All but four states recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday.