June 17, 2021 in numbers

Here’s a look at Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, and Jubilee Day, in numbers:

46 713 850 – Black or African American (a single race or in combination) in the United States as of 2019, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimate.

500,000 – Estimated number of free African Americans in the United States in 1860. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, about half were in the North and half in the South.

901 – Days from issue of Emancipation Proclamation January 1, 1863, and General orders, n ° 3, informing the slaves of their emancipation on June 19, 1865.
158 – Years since January 1, 1863, date President Abraham Lincoln issued the final emancipation proclamation, freeing the slaves.
156 – Years since Major General Gordon Granger (Union Army) first read Proclamation, General Orders, No.3, in Galveston, Texas, informing the slaves of their emancipation, June 19, 1865.

149 – Age of the world’s oldest June 10 celebration, first held in 1872 at Emancipation Park in Houston.

“Each year we must remind successive generations that this event has sparked off a series of events which, one by one, define the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That is why we need this celebration.” – Al Edwards (D-Texas), sponsor of the bill.

47 – States with laws or resolutions commemoration of June 17. The District of Columbia also commemorates Juneteenth.

41 – Years since January 1, 1980 when Juneteenth became a holiday in Texas. It had been celebrated there informally since 1865.

30.2 – Percentage of the population of Texas comprising slaves, or “serfs”, in 1860.

15 – States where it was legal to enslave people before the Civil War: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

8 – Consecutive years in which Barack Obama, throughout his presidency, issued a statement to mark June 17: 2009-2016.

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