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What Is Juneteenth And Why Do We Celebrate It?

Newsy Monday, 17 June 2019
What Is Juneteenth And Why Do We Celebrate It?Watch VideoJuneteenth is the oldest known celebration marking the official end to slavery in the U.S. 

Let's go back 150 years or so... On June 19, 1865, Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed on the shores of Galveston, Texas, to regain control of the state. 

Once there, Granger read aloud the General Orders, No. 3: "The people...
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What Is Juneteenth? Celebrated on June 19, the day commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and is the oldest known celebration in the country to honor it. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but Texas's small Union presence meant slavery continued....

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