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Juneteenth: Honoring Juneteenth & The Flag's Significance

Celebrations - Past


Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Muray). [Emancipation Day Celebration, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; ( accessed June 17, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; creating Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.


Image above depicts an Emancipation Day celebration on June 19, 1900 and is part of the Austin History Center General Collection of Photographs. Visit The Portal to Texas History for more information about this image. Visit the Austin History Center to view more from this collection.

Honoring Juneteenth

Vox. “Why All Americans Should Honor Juneteenth.” YouTube video, 07:12. June 19, 2020.

Significance of the Juneteenth Flag

The Juneteenth flag design began with Bill Haith, the creator and founder of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. It brings forth the recognition of true freedom within African-American history. It features the " of Texas bursting with new freedom throughout the land, over a new horizon" incorporating the red, white and blue colors of the United States' National Flag. In addition to the its symbolic significance, flag ceremonies take place during the month of June in cities nationwide. This ceremony brings together the United States Anthem, the Negro National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice and Sing," speakers, prayers and a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation:

Raising of the United States Flag

Playing of the National Anthem

Raising of the Juneteenth Flag

Playing of the Negro National Anthem, "Lift Every Voice & Sing"

Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation


Closing Prayers

Visit the the National Juneteenth Observation Foundation (NJOF) for more information on the Juneteenth Flag, the ceremony and the movement.

undefined Relics of Bondage

Slave Quarters were often made of wood or brick and designed with poor foundations. The quarters, usually without furnishings, were coated with mud or other materials to keep out the elements. Quarters were usually located a distance from the slave master's home. 

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