These great Juneteenth trivia questions and answers will get you talking and learning. See what you know about our newest federal holiday!
Easy Juneteenth Trivia Questions
1. Which two words is Juneteenth a combination of?
June and nineteenth.
2. Is Juneteenth a federal holiday?
3. In 2021, who signed a bill making Juneteenth a national holiday?
President Joe Biden
4. What is celebrated on Juneteenth?
The end of slavery in the United States
5. What does Juneteenth symbolize?
Freedom. And the ongoing struggle for equality in the United States. People reflect and remember the sacrifices of the past and look forward to a better future for all.
6. What is the name of the war that brought the end to slavery?
7. Do you know another name for Juneteenth?
Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Cel-Liberation Day, Black Independence Day
8. Where did the holiday originate?
9. Which US president signed the Emancipation Proclamation, putting an end to slavery?
Red, white, and blue
11. What day is Juneteenth celebrated on?
12. What symbol is on the Juneteenth flag?
13. What does the star represent?
Texas (the Lone Star State), as well as the freedom of enslaved people in all 50 states.
14. What do the red white and blue colors on the Juneteenth flag represent?
That the formerly enslaved were and are Americans.
15. Why would someone wear red on Juneteenth?
To symbolize the bloodshed and resiliency of their ancestors.
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16. In what city is the oldest known Juneteenth celebration held (celebrated since 1867)?
17. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when this general announced that enslaved people in Texas were free.
Union General Gordon Granger
18. What city in Texas was the general in when he made this announcement?
19. How long after the Emancipation Proclamation was this Juneteenth announcement made?
2 and a half years later.
20. What was the Emancipation Proclamation?
A proclamation declaring that all slaves shall be free as of January 1, 1863.
21. In what year was the Emancipation Proclamation signed?
22. Why did it take so long for the Emancipation Proclamation to be enforced in Texas?
Because it could not be enforced in the Confederate States until after the civil war.
23. Before President Joe Biden made Juneteenth an official holiday, what was the last national holiday to be made in the US?
Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1983
25. The first captives brought to America for slavery were brought to which colony?
26. How many African American soldiers won Congressional Medals of Honor for their bravery during the Civil War?
27. On what date did the Civil War end?
April 9, 1865
28. After Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and the events of Juneteenth, which Amendment in the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude in America?
29. Which two Union border states still practiced slavery until 1865 and the 13th Amendment?
Delaware and Kentucky
30. Who was known as the “Moses of her people.” She escaped her own slavery and then helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom. She also served as a scout, spy, guerilla soldier, and nurse during the Civil War.
Harriet Tubman (source)
31. In what year did Harriet Tubman escape and gain her own freedom from slavery?
32. What is the name of the famous network of routes and safe houses that she used to aid slaves escaping to free states?
The Underground Railroad
33. Approximately how many former slaves fought in the American Civil War?
Around 179,000 black men (10% of the Union Army) served as soldiers in the U.S. Army and another 19,000 served in the Navy (Nationalarchives.gov)
34. What was the last northern state to end slavery?
35. What was the first state to abolish slavery?
Vermont was the first colony to abolish slavery in 1777 (source)
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36. What is the period called that occurred after the announcement by General Gordon Granger, when former slaves left Texas for other states?
a. The Freedom Run
b. The Scatter
c. Independence Day
Answer: B. The Scatter
37. What is the name of the official order given by General Gordon Granger announcing that slavery had ended?
a. General order number 3
b. General order number 9
c. The Emancipation Order
d. The 13th Amendment
Answer: A. General order number 3
Answer: D. Approximately 100,000 (source)
39. How many states made up the Union in the Civil War?
Answer: C. 25 States (Five of these were border states whose citizens fought both sides, and 2 states were added during the war)
40. The Confederate States of America was made up of how many states?
Answer: A. 11 (history.com)
41. What was the name of the Confederate general who surrendered to Union forces, thereby ending the civil war?
Robert E. Lee
42. True or false: Sojourner Truth is the name of the American abolitionist who was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter in 1826. She preached equal rights for all.
43. True or false: Delaware, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, and New Hampshire were the five border states in the Civil War.
False: Maryland was the fifth border state – not New Hampshire
44. Nat Turner was the slave who incited and was then hanged for the rebellion known as the Southhampton Insurrection.
45. True or False: Approximately 900,000 people were slaves in the United States in 1860.
False. Approximately 4 million people were slaves. (source)
46. True or False: The Jim Crow Laws were the name of the state and local laws that enforced racial segregation after slavery ended.
47. True or False: General Gordon Granger came to Texas alone to announce the freedom of slaves.
False: He arrived with around 2,000 Union Troops
48. True or False: Juneteenth was originally called Jubilee Day or Freedom Day.
49. Part of General Order No. 3 encouraged the newly freed people to remain with their past owners.
50. True or False: The time period after the Civil War is known as The Great Depression.
False: It is known as “The Reconstruction.” It was a time of great uncertainty, hope, and struggle as formerly enslaved people sought to unify families and integrate socially, politically, and in the workforce.
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51. Juneteenth celebrations often include which song, also known as the Black National Anthem?
Lift Every Voice and Sing
52. What year did Texas make the holiday official in their state?
53. Before it became a national holiday, Juneteenth was commemorated in how many states?
49 (Hawaii signed a day before it became a federal holiday)
54. Which was the last state to officially recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday?
South Dakota in February 2022
55. Who introduced the first legislation recognizing Juneteenth Independence Day in the U.S. House of Representatives?
56. Do people get the day off for this holiday?
It depends on where you live and who you work for. Big companies such as Nike, Target, Mastercard, Netflix, and Twitter are giving employees the day off. And, as the time of this article, 18 states observe it as a paid holiday.
57. What type of food do people eat on Juneteenth?
Barbecue and red foods such as punch, hibiscus tea, red velvet cake, red beans and rice, strawberry, watermelon, and hot sauce.
58. What was the first Union regiment made up entirely of African American soldiers called?
The 54th Massachusetts Regiment
59. How many enslaved people were estimated to be living in Texas in 1865?
More than 250,000
60. What year was the Juneteenth flag created?
Activist Ben Haith
62. In what year was the date “June 19, 1865” added to the Juneteenth flag?
63. Who is the African American author of the novel “Juneteenth”? It was published after his death.
64. What is the name of the former slave who became the first person of color to graduate from the “United States Military Academy” at West Point?
65. What was the name of the 10 acres of land purchased by former slaves to celebrate Juneteenth in the 1870s?
66. Which city is the park located in?
Houston, Texas. (It is the oldest park in Texas)
67. Who was the first African American to serve in the senate?
Hiram Revels of Mississippi became the first African American senator in 1870.
68. Who put forward the bill that made Texas the first state to make Juneteenth an official state holiday?
70. Can you put the events of the Civil War, The Emancipation Proclamation, Juneteenth, and the 13th Amendment in order?
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We hope you had fun playing this Juneteenth trivia, but also learned a lot about our nation’s historical moments, struggles, and symbols.
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