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Today marks the day of Freedom!

Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19th each year, is a significant day in American history, marking the end of slavery in the United States. It commemorates the date in 1865 when Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced General Order No. 3, proclaiming the freedom of all enslaved people in Texas. This event occurred more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which officially outlawed slavery in Confederate states on January 1st, 1863.

Juneteenth represents the actual end of slavery in the United States, recognizing the delay in enforcing the Emancipation Proclamation in remote areas like Texas. It is celebrated with various activities, including parades, concerts, family gatherings, educational events, and community picnics. It is a time for reflection, joy, and cultural pride.

In 1980, Texas became the first to declare Juneteenth an official state holiday. Over the years, many other states followed suit. In 2021, Juneteenth was recognized as a federal holiday in the United States, officially known as Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Juneteenth has grown in cultural significance. It symbolizes the ongoing struggle for equality and justice and serves as an important reminder of African American history and heritage. The day also serves as an opportunity to educate people about the history of slavery, the achievements of African Americans, and the importance of freedom and equality.

Juneteenth is more than a historical milestone; it is a vibrant celebration of resilience and a reminder of the continuous journey toward equality and justice.


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