Juneteenth, for my fellow Northeasterners, is the anniversary of the announcement in Galveston in 1865 that the war was over – and thus the slaves were now all free. It effectively marks the end of slavery in the USA*. The holiday is pretty big in the African-American community; of the states that celebrate it, Texas probably does so most thoroughly because, well, Texas. People worked out that the holiday could easily accommodate a barbeque, which I’ve discovered is a pretty dang significant event/occupation/preoccupation in the South. Although Southerners don’t really agree with me that Maryland counts as ‘the South.’
Anyway. Happy Juneteenth.
*Sorta. The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution had been passed but not yet ratified at that point. But said ratification was going to be as inevitable as the tide anyway.