Aerial view of TAMU

Finally, Juneteenth is a federal holiday

M. Katherine Banks

June 18, 2021

The welcome words arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865. In several spaces throughout the city, federal troops read General Order No. 3, informing all citizens of their fundamental freedoms through the Emancipation Proclamation.

In 1980, Texas became the first state in the nation to establish Juneteenth as a holiday, with several others soon following by creating recognitions or commemorations.

Texas A&M is proud to join the rest of the nation in finally proclaiming Juneteenth as a federal holiday. In doing so, we mark a moment in history and recommit ourselves to working together to create a brighter future.