Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day and Jubilee Day, is an annual holiday observed on June 19. It commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. More specifically, it recognizes June 19, 1865, when Major General Gordon Granger, along with a unit of Union soldiers, arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce that all enslaved people were now free. As an agency, we recognize that African Americans have been involved in forestry and discovery since the beginning. African Americans have a rich heritage of knowing the woods and using them. Especially after the Civil War, they often translated that knowledge into personal gain, either by moving out West and using the resources there or by managing the woods back East. In honor of this holiday, all Daniel Boone National Forest offices will be closed on June 18, 2021.