June 19, 1865. Today marks the day 155 years ago that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned the news that the Civil War had ended and they were free.
Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation nearly three years earlier on Sept. 22, 1862—declaring all enslaved people within the Confederate states free effective Jan.1, 1863—it took until this day in 1865 for the more than 3.5 million enslaved people in the United States to truly be free.
Today is Juneteenth.
It's a day of commemoration. Of celebration. Of learning. Of honoring the freedom and resilience of our ancestors.
While there is much work to be done, the Carroll University community takes time today to listen and celebrate the contributions of our Black family, friends, students, brothers and sisters. We stand in solidarity with pride and love.