On Thursday, President Joe Biden signed legislation into law establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a US federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
What is Juneteenth?
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration honoring the end of slavery in the United States.
While the official date of the Emancipation Proclamation was 1863, it would take two years for the news to reach the 250,000 slaves in the remote territory of Texas.
On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger led thousands of federal troops to Galveston, Texas to announce that the Civil War had ended, and slaves had been freed. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas.
Proclamation for Juneteenth
Proclamation for Juneteenth was held during our
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