The GRIOT Employee Resource Group on the Significance of Juneteenth

On June 19, 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3, which communicated news of the executive order to Texas and freed the remaining enslaved people in the state. This date became known as Juneteenth.

Each year on Juneteenth, African American, Black, and Indigenous communities hold commemorations to honor those who suffered and survived the bonds of enslavement. It also serves as a reminder of the contributions of these communities to the nation.

Forty-seven of the 50 states, including Georgia, and the District of Columbia observe Juneteenth as a holiday. On June 15, 2021, in a unanimous vote, the U.S. Senate passed a bill recognizing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. On June 17, President Joe Biden signed it into law.

As Juneteenth 2021 approaches, Georgia Tech’s GRIOT employee resource group continues to spearhead support for faculty and staff of African heritage and people of all walks of life. Learn more about GRIOT here.


Local Juneteenth Events

Atlanta Parade and Music Festival
June 18 – 20, Centennial Olympic Park
For more information, visit

Ponce City Market
Saturday, June 19; 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Juneteenth Immersive Art Day
Saturday, June 19; 6:19 – 10 p.m.
Learn more and buy tickets at

Atlanta History Center
Throughout the month of June

Suggested Reading

The ReadDown

Smithsonian Juneteenth Reading List

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