Happy Juneteenth!

Today is Juneteenth. 

You might already know what day this is, but some kids may be wondering... 

 

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth commemorates June 19th, 1865 when General Gordon Granger and 2,000 troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to enforce the freeing of slaves. YAY!

General Gordon Granger (right). Image courtesy of FamilySearch.Org

It was a pretty big deal!

Before that, many people in the Southern United States thought they could own other people. 😱

 

Children grew up split apart from their parents and grandparents and siblings. The children and their relatives were worked to death in harsh conditions. 😥 

 

Even if it hadn't been harsh... think about how awful it would have been to be owned by someone else like you were a Barbie or a Toaster...  😟

 

Not cool. 😞

What is slavery?  The history of slavery spans many cultures, nationalities, religions and locations around the world from ancient times to present day. Another famous freeing of slaves is from the Biblical story of Moses. He was an adopted child of whom many believe was named, Bithiah. She was the daughter of Egyptian Pharoh Seti I. So Moses became the grandson of Seti I and from what we understand, he was treated like one of the Egyptian family. As an adult, Moses reunited with his birth family and was horrified to realize how they lived and were treated. He ultimately freed the Hewbrew slaves from his adopted brother, the Egyptian Pharoh Ramses II in what has been a famous retelling of the Exodus and the parting of the red sea. 

 

So every year we celebrate Emancipation Day, also known as Juneteenth, which began in the streets of Galveston by former slaves. 

 

Today, Juneteenth is celebrated by millions of people throughout the nation. 😊

 

And MagicStoryLand is celebrating too!

 

We are all brothers and sisters of God. We all deserve respect and love. Reach out to someone today and be kind. Share love and a message of respect. Tell someone about Juneteenth and why it's important to be good to others. Because we can't have honor within ourselves without first showing respect to others.