The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office is encouraged by the good news that Juneteenth is now a federally recognized holiday, signed into
law by President Joe Biden.
Juneteenth National Independence Day, a day to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, became the 12th legal public holiday, the first since Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983.
June 19, 1865, marks the day when news of the emancipation of those held in slavery reached people in the deepest part of the former Confederacy in Galveston, Texas, nearly two years after the Civil War. That day confirmed freedom for the last remaining enslaved people in the deepest parts of the South.