901 – Days in between the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and General Orders, No. 3.
13th – Amendment to the US Constitution that abolished slavery.
500,000 – Estimated number of free blacks in the United States in 1860. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, about half were in the North and half were in the South.
15 – States where it was legal to have slaves before the Civil War: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
January 1, 1980 – Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas, although it had been celebrated informally since 1865.
“Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” — Al Edwards (D-Texas), sponsor of the bill.
46,261,485 – African-Americans (one race alone or in combination) in the United States in 2018, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimate.
Almost 200,000 – African-American men served in the Navy and Army on behalf of the Union during the Civil War.
148 years – Age of the oldest Juneteenth celebration in the world, in Emancipation Park in Houston.
8 – Consecutive years during which Barack Obama, during his presidency, issued a statement to mark Juneteenth: 2009-2016.
Quoted from Various Sources
Published for: Mr Blow Up