MONROE, La. (KTVE/KARD) — The Monroe Chapter of the Top Teens of America organization participated in the Juneteenth celebration by serving as volunteers for the Northeast Louisiana Delta African American Heritage Museum.

The teens assisted in activities put together by the museum for kids and families to take part in the celebration of freedom day.

The holiday celebrates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States following the Civil War.

Juneteenth was seen as a motivating presence in the lives of African-Americans in Texas. As more awareness across the nation continued to grow over the decades.

A few teens also shared they always knew there was an independence day for their heritage, but did not know an official name.

The 46th President Joe Biden signed Juneteenth National Independence Day into a United States federal holiday on June 17, 2021.

Janet Davis the advisor of the Monroe Chapter of Top Teens of America shared how it’s essential to educate the youth about the value of Juneteenth and its history.

It was … it’s still kind of emotional, today it is still very emotional, and that is why this June celebration is so important. We are in the space right now where we have students who have one idea about the struggle, but there are those of us who have lived it. Juneteenth reminds us that we are free and then we are able to enjoy all of the rights and privileges that America has to offer.

Janet Davis