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About Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the date, June 19, 1865, when the Union Army general, Gordon Granger, reached Galveston, TX with news of outlawing slavery and that slaves were no longer enslaved. The message came two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of slaves in the US and two months after the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of thousands of enslaved men and women in Texas finally learned they were no longer enslaved. Yet, millions of slaves suffered for another two and a half years after slavery was outlawed. Since 1865, Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States observing the African American culture. President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law on June 17, 2021.

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