What is Juneteenth?

According to History.com, Juneteenth or June nineteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people were freed.

The event took place a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, on January 1, 1863, and more than two months after Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. On June 17, 2021, Juneteenth officially became a federal holiday. It commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement.

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