Liberation flag flies high in Albany to mark Juneteenth

The red, black and green liberation flag was flying in front of Albany City Hall on Monday to mark Juneteenth.

The holiday is the oldest national commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, union troops arrived at Galveston, Texas, to deliver the news the Civil War had ended, and that slaves were now free.

The following landmarks in the Capital Region will also be lit up in red, black and green tonight.

  • The H. Carl McCall SUNY Building
  • State Education Building
  • Alfred E. Smith State Office Building
  • Empire State Plaza
  • Albany International Airport Gateway