The most recent Google Doodle displays moving artwork created by a father-and-son collaboration to commemorate Juneteenth 2022 and Father’s Day together.
Even though President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 officially freed slaves in Confederate states, the law still needed to be put into action. The Juneteenth holiday honors the day, June 19, 1865, in the weeks following the end of the Civil War, when the last slaves in Texas learned they had been released.
Although Juneteenth was first observed in Texas as early as 1866, it wasn’t recognized as a federal holiday until 2021. Originally known as Jubilee Day, Juneteenth is meant to be a celebration of independence as well as an opportunity to share knowledge about African American history and culture.
This year, Father’s Day in the United States coincides on the same day as Juneteenth, a coincidence that will also occur in the following year. The two holidays will therefore be observed on the Google Search homepage according to an unique timetable that Google has devised. The Juneteenth Doodle will be displayed for the remainder of the day and all of Monday while the Father’s Day Doodle was displayed a day early and remained up for the first half of June 19.
The Juneteenth 2022 Google Doodle was made by the artistic team of Jeromyah Jones and his father Jerome W. Jones Jr in honor of both holidays. Painting in The Footsteps of Our Freedom is the title of the pair’s most recent work, and they discussed the significance of some of the design’s smaller aspects in an interview with the Google Doodle blog .
The harmony we have seen at cultural gatherings throughout the years, the Sankofa Adinkra symbol of Ghana, the background of the griots, the significance of Fathers Day, and the similarities we notice this year that the two holidays overlap, all served as inspiration for us. The hand in the background represents both the children of fathers in the generations that follow and the descendants of those who were emancipated on June 19, 1865. The bridge that joins the roots to their fruits is symbolized by the brush in metaphor.