Listen to Black Austinites' reflections on the holiday marking the end of slavery in Texas
Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when a Union general landed in Galveston to demand Black people enslaved in the state be freed — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Juneteenth has been a state holiday in Texas for decades and last year it became a federal holiday.
Juneteenth is a day of celebration — but also a time for reflection. Over the past few weeks, we spoke to a dozen Black Austinites about the history of Juneteenth, their hopes for the future of the holiday and whether they consider themselves really free.
Listen to our hourlong special, Juneteenth: Are We Really Free? on KUT 90.5 on Thursday at 8 p.m., Saturday at noon or Sunday at 5 p.m.
You can also hear the whole show by clicking on the player above.