On Juneteenth, we celebrate the emancipation of enslaved people in America. While the Emancipation proclamation was initially put into effect on January 1, 1963, it wasn’t until June 19, 1965 when freedom truly came. Due to the fact that the Proclamation only applied to states under Union control, it wasn’t until Union troops entered Galveston, Texas that the enslaved people of Texas were free, alongside the ratification of the 13th Amendment. The celebration started in Texas and as formerly enslaved people migrated, they took the celebration of Juneteenth with them to other parts of the United States. In 2021, the 155th Juneteenth celebration, it became a federally recognized holiday. Join us in celebrating such an important historical event this Juneteenth!
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