On June 19, 1865, slaves in Texas finally learned they were free. Juneteenth, a commemoration of that moment 155 years ago, has been called America’s second Independence Day. And today it’s drawing more attention as the nation continues to grapple with systemic racism.
This year, the holiday comes the day before President Trump holds what’s being billed as a “comeback rally” in Tulsa. And it will happen just blocks away from the site of one of the worst racial massacres in the nation’s history, where white mobs burned down a thriving Black community, killing hundreds in 1921.