On June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. As part of our Juneteenth observance, Paul Mitchell Schools encourage our leaders, Future Professionals, team members, alumni, and followers to join us in learning more about racial injustice within the Black community and working collectively to increase awareness around this Freedom Day. We celebrate it as a significant event in American history and a reminder that the fight for racial equality has been long and hard and still continues today.
On June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans were notified of their freedom by Union troops in Galveston, Texas – two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. Known as Juneteenth, this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the U.S.
Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Though it has long been celebrated among the African American community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times. This Museum is a community space where that spirit can continue to live on – where histories like this one can surface, and new stories with equal urgency can be told.
Source: Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture