Published on June 17, 2022
Juneteenth traces its origins to June 19, 1865, when word finally reached slaves in Texas that they were free, even though the Civil War had been over for two months.
Juneteenth has evolved to become a day of commemoration for African American freedom and a day to emphasize education, awareness, reflection and rejoicing for citizens of all races and ethnic backgrounds who cherish the ideals of freedom, civil rights and democracy.
The City of Lakewood joins the federal and state governments and hundreds of public and private organizations in paying tribute to this important commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. See the Proclamation honoring Juneteenth(PDF, 1MB) .
The national commemoration of Juneteenth was approved in a bipartisan manner by Congress and President Biden in 2021.
Learn more about Juneteenth as well as the historical legacy of Juneteenth at the Smithsonian Institution's website.
Explore virtual programs and reading lists at the L.A. County Library's webpage on Juneteenth.