Mass General Brigham is hosting internal programming and sponsoring community events to celebrate Juneteenth, a holiday which celebrates African American communities’ rights to freedom with celebrations all over the country. Juneteenth commemorates the order from Union General Gordon Granger to emancipate enslaved people in Texas. Once a confederate state, Texas resisted abolition throughout the Civil War and for more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As the Civil War came to an end, Texas was ordered to free its enslaved people on June 19, 1865.
Please look at the Juneteenth calendar to learn more about our events.