Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas by Union soldiers, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the former Confederate States of America.
A celebration at the War Memorial on June 19 in partnership with South Pasadena and NOLA Cultural Exchange. A portion of the funds went toward programs to introduce jazz in after-school programs. Photos by Skye Hannah