The Hoan will be lit red, black, and green in honor of Juneteenth. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order #3, which informed the enslaved people of Galveston, TX that they were free. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had freed them two years earlier, word was not passed on to the enslaved people there. On this date we celebrate Juneteenth Day (a combination of June and nineteenth). The City of Milwaukee has the distinction of holding the longest continuously held Juneteenth Celebration in the United States.