The state and federal governments approved a law last year establishing June 19 — often known as Juneteenth — as National Juneteenth Day.
Despite the fact that it was just declared a public holiday last year,
Juneteenth has historically been celebrated by Black communities across the country
It is observed to commemorate the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.
Over two years after President (Abraham) Lincoln declared all enslaved people free, on June 19, 1865.
Union Army troops led by Maj. General Gordon Granger marched to Galveston, Texas.
To put the Emancipation Proclamation into effect and release the remaining enslaved Black Americans in Texas.
Holiday celebrations were held all around the state, including in Twin Falls and Lapwai. On Monday, students at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg will commemorate the date.
On Monday, students at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg will commemorate the date.