Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
To understand Juneteenth is to begin to understand the history of this country through the lens of justice or the lack thereof. Two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger led a group of Union soldiers to Galveston, Texas to proclaim the end of the Civil War and the enslaved were free. This happened on June 19, 1865. June 19th was coined Juneteenth and continues to be celebrated to this day. (Adapted from Juneteenth.com)
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