In the last few years more and more people have begun to embrace Juneteenth as the important holiday that it is -- even though it was officially declared in 1865 when enslaved people were freed under the Emancipation Proclamation.
Further strides were made this week when the Senate unanimously approved a bill, making Juneteenth a legal holiday.
Juneteenth celebrates the day the the last enslaved people, located in Texas, learned of their newly legalized freedom. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was signed on January 1st 1863, also known as "Freedoms Eve," it took two more years for the news that slavery was outlawed to travel to states occupied by the Confederate Army.
The holiday is a day of celebration that marks the removal of chains from the last enslaved people living in our country, that now serves as a reminder of how far we have come since then, and how far we still have to go.
At Luangisa African Gallery, we proudly celebrate this important holiday. One way we choose to honor the history of the holiday, and the mother country that many enslaved people were unjustly forced from, is by supporting African artisans. All of our products are handmade using traditional African crafting and carving techniques that have been passed down for centuries.