Paterson flies Juneteenth flag to commemorate newest federal holiday
A Juneteenth flag now flies in Paterson. The city raised the flag to commemorate the newest federal holiday on June 19.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, commemorates when the last of the slaves were freed in Galveston, Texas.
"On June 19, 1865, the federal troops went in, took control, told them that the Emancipation Proclamation was real. That it is stood, and that they were free. Today represents freedom. Not just of African Americans, but of everyone that lives in the great United States of America,” says Paterson City Council Vice President At-Large Dr. Lilisa Mimms.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1862, but most slaves in Texas were unaware of their freedom until 1865.