Juneteenth is recognized as the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States and on June 19th African Americans come together to celebrate the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the United States of Texas, and generally the emancipation of emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the Confederacy of the southern United States.

From the official website, Juneteenth was made an official holiday in 1980 as Texas became the first state to establish it as a state holiday which was brought under the legislation introduced by Democratic state representative Al Edwards.  Did you know as of May 2016, Juneteenth is recognized by 45 of the 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia as a state holiday, ceremonial holiday, or day of observance.

This year Hot 107-3 Jamz and the Tyler Juneteenth Committee will come together and celebrate the 243-annual celebration of Juneteenth downtown Tyler on the square with music, readings of notable African Americans, and parades.

Listen Monday while you're at work for more details on this celebration.