Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1865 that the enslaved were notified of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, granting them their freedom.
Slavery officially ended on January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect, but it was more than two years later, on June 19, 1865, slaves in Galveston, Texas finally learned that they had been freed two years prior. Juneteenth gets its name from the date that those last slaves found out they were free.
What began as a day of independence, has become a testament to the strength and resilience of Black Americans as they continue their fight for equality.
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