June 19th is also known as Juneteenth.   Bukata Hayes of the Greater Mankato Diversity Council, says it is a day to remember when the African Americans were officially freed from slavery:

“Juneteenth typically includes a march and a celebration. Kind of emblematic of those slaves being freed but actually getting to walk free.”

Hayes says it took about two years after the Emancipation Proclamation for slaves to gain their freedom due to enforcement.