Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, 2021, is the oldest known commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States. It marks the day in 1865 that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, the last of the former Confederate states to abolish slavery, finally heard that the Civil War had ended, and learned that the Emancipation Proclamation had made them free nearly two years earlier.
Governor Ralph Northam has proclaimed June as Pride Month in Virginia to celebrate the Commonwealth’s LGBTQ+ communities, their achievements and contributions, and their fight for inclusion and equality.
Virginians are encouraged to participate in events celebrating the Commonwealth’s diversity, recognizing the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.
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The month of March was dedicated to honoring women's history in Virginia.
The month of February was dedicated to honoring Black Virginians.
There are many month celebratory months of Virginia's history ahead. Stay tuned...