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Juneteenth

Juneteenth

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th, is an important day in American history, as it marked the official end of slavery in the United States. During this day we reflect on the struggle for justice and equality, as we celebrate African American heritage and culture. Some of the ways Juneteenth is celebrated is through community gatherings such as festivals, parades, barbecues, cultural performances, and more. In the United States, it is also common to be educated through lectures, discussions about civil rights, African American history, and historical reenactments. 

On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation which declared slaves that were in Confederate-held territory as free, the only issue was the enforcement depended on the advancement of the Union troops. This changed with the arrival of General Granger as he arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to announce the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. This emancipation was significant as it proclaimed slaves to be free, specifically in Texas, as it was the last Confederate state which practiced slavery. 

Juneteenth was officially seen as a federal holiday in the United States in June 2021, making it important in the nation’s culture and history. Remember Juneteenth is more than just its history, it’s a reminder to continue to fight for justice and equality. 

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