Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Juneteenth

 

Many Americans celebrate July 4 as the nation’s Independence Day, but for many African Americans, Juneteenth is the holiday that celebrates freedom and emancipation from slavery. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, however the official end of the Civil War was not until April 1865 two and a half years later. In light of the slow methods of communication and minimal number of Union troops to enforce Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Texas slaves continued to live in bondage until June 18, 1865. 45 states and the District of Columbia have passed legislation to officially recognize Juneteenth. Today, many continue to work to pass legislation in Congress to establish Juneteenth Independence Day as a National Day of Observance.




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