(WTWO/WAWV) – Wednesday, people across the country celebrated the holiday known as Juneteenth.
On June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Galveston, Texas, one of the last areas to do so.
Many consider the date the official end of slavery in the U.S.
The holiday is honored in 46 states not including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana,and Hawaii.
We spoke with the president of the Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP, Sylvester Edwards, about the significance of the holiday.
Juneteenth for us is like the 4th of July or Independence Day. It is the independence of black people that were enslaved and we had been here for over 400 years,” Edwards said.Sylvester Edwards, president of the Greater Terre Haute Branch of the NAACP
A Juneteenth festival will take place this Saturday at Riverside Park in Indianapolis.