Juneteenth is a portmanteau of two words — June and nineteenth. It refers to June 19, 1865, over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and the day that troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to free those who were still enslaved there.
How did Juneteenth get its name?
Juneteenth gets its name by combining both “June” and “nineteenth,” the day that Granger arrived in Galveston with his announcement. “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.