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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Happy Juneteenth

 June 19th is the National Independence Day as the abolition of slavery. New holiday?? No not really just new that it is celebrated in such an Indepth manner. The date of June 17th 2021 is the day that the bill to celebrate this special day was signed into law. The special meaning behind the holiday is that June 19th 1865 was the date that word finally reached Galveston Texas that slavery had been abolished and the enslaved people of African descent were released. 

Freedom was granted through the Emancipation Proclamation signed on January 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. Texas was the farthest of the Confederate states, and slaveholders there made no attempt to free the enslaved African Americans they held in bondage. This meant that President Lincoln’s proclamation was unenforceable without military intervention, which eventually came nearly 2.5 years later. United States has often seen a celebration on June 16th in cities where the Black populations would host parades, reunions, speeches and picnics. Now the date can be celebrated by all with businesses and banks closing and other events taking place. 


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