Happy Juneteenth

Juneteenth, named for a combination of ‘June’ and ‘nineteenth,’ commemorates the day the last slaves were freed in the United States. By June 19, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation already was two years old, the 13th Amendment had been written and the Confederate Army had surrendered. But an estimated 250,000 people remained enslaved in Texas until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston on that date and ordered their freedom.

 

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