Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger and 1,800 troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free.
In keeping with our ongoing commitment to anti-racism and in solidarity with our Black employees, McKinney’s offices will be closed on Friday, June 18, in observance of the holiday. We will use this time to learn, celebrate, and reflect. This page will be updated daily with resources and ways to take action in the fight for racial justice.
“We remember the shining promise of emancipation, along with the bloody path America took by delaying it.”
– Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“We were told once, by virtue of our bondage, that we could never be American. But it was by virtue of our bondage that we became the most American of all.”
– Nikole Hannah-Jones
“Juneteenth isn’t just a celebration of emancipation, it’s a celebration of that commitment. And, far more than our Independence Day, it belongs to all Americans.”
“For observers and participants alike, Juneteenth is nourishment for the community; it’s fried green tomatoes, okra rice, peach pies, hot peppers and a moment to exhale.”
– Nicole Taylor
“An America that asks what it owes its most vulnerable citizens is improved and humane. An America that looks away is ignoring not just the sins of the past but the sins of the present and the certain sins of the future.” – Ta-Nehisi Coates