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Juneteenth of Buffalo

Juneteenth of Buffalo may be one of Buffalo's longest running and best attended summer festivals, but its name and historic origins may still be a mystery to many Buffalonians and potential visitors.

Juneteenth marks the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. It dates to the spring of 1865 and the end of the Civil War when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced that all enslaved people should be freed. Spontaneous celebrations broke out among newly freed Black people and Juneteenth was born. In years to come, Juneteenth commemorations featuring music, barbecues, prayer services and other joyful activities spread throughout Texas and the rest of the United States.