One hundred and fifty-two years ago, on June 19, 1865, the last slaves in Texas and, more broadly, in the Confederate South were freed.
This year was a bit unusual, however, as multiple database searches (including Nexis) appear to show that Donald Trump has never used the word "Juneteenth" before, and his first time out didn't go so well.
"A lot of people believe that the Emancipation Proclamation issued in 1863 just completely ended slavery and that's not 100 percent true", said LaToya Hunter with O.E.S.
Williams also says the event continues to grow every year and they hope Juneteenth will move to an even bigger venue in the coming years.
On June 19, 1865, the news of the end of the Civil War and President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas at the hands of Maj. We must strive every day to honor a telling phrase in the preamble of the U.S. Constitution; we must strive to form 'a more flawless union.' By treating each individual with dignity, each community with respect, we can come closer to achieving that goal.
Not Gaddy, owner of I Drum 2 U in Augusta, held an African drum workshop for the kids at the event.
Organizers say they'll be focusing on educating everyone about what Juneteenth is and why the date is still significant over 150 years later.
For most Americans, Independence Day is an annual celebration complete with fireworks, barbecues and live music. "This is such a critical event that takes place, it's about the African-American heritage, our culture".
To quote Hart, "Just as the Fourth of July represents the whole country, let's celebrate the freedom of our people, who still struggle today. Be it African American, be it Mexican American, but American and to enjoy that freedom".
The day has been celebrated ever since.
Families visited the Booker T. Washington Center to recognize Juneteenth, the State Holiday will be observed across the nation today.