Google has a staff dedicated to churning out new Google doodles on its homepage every day. Those “Doodlers” often commemorate holidays, special events, achievements, and moments in history with their creations.
But they let Juneteenth, which was Wednesday, go by unheralded. Juneteenth marks the day, June 19, 1865, that Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, to announce to slaves they were free. The news arrived two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. African-Americans started the Juneteenth tradition to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States.