Juneteenth is a holiday that marks the true end of human slavery in this country. While many believe that slavery ended in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, for too many Black people that were enslaved, this was not the case.
Plantation owners, slavers in Galveston, TX didn’t free those that were enslaved until June 19th 1865, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
By making Juneteenth a federal holiday, America has the opportunity to recognize, honor and celebrate the freedom of Black Americans without white washing the history it took to get there.
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