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Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is a holiday in the United States honoring African American heritage by commemorating the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. State of Texas in 1865. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth

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Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American citizens throughout the United States.

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Juneteenth also called Freedom or Emancipation Day, celebrates the day that the abolition of slavery was announced in Texas on June 19th 1865.

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from Washington Post

Emancipation Day 2012: More meaningful than ever

he wasn't a full on atheist, he was simply not religious. he did find his faith throughout his presidency, more toward the end of his life. there's a big difference, but still a powerful statement regardless.

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Door Of No Return, Slave Castle, Cape Coast, Ghana. Recently a DOOR OF RETURN has been added. This signifies the return of the slaves descendents to Ghana to acknowledge the history of their ancestors and each year Ghana celebrates Emancipation Day which welcomes the people from the Diaspora back to their homeland.

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JUNETEENTH, JUNE 19, 1865 | came to mark a new beginning and a true independence day for African American Texans. The first official Texas Juneteenth celebration was organized by the Freedmen’s Bureau and it was held in Austin in 1867. For many years resolutions recognizing the historical significance of Juneteenth Independence Day have been introduced in Congress by a number of senators and the hope is that some day, the Juneteenth is recognized as a national holiday.

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from Foursquare

Antietam National Battlefield

Sharpsburg, MD - General Robert E. Lee's first invasion of the North was ended on Antietam National Battlefield on September 17, 1862. The battle claimed more than 23,000 men killed, wounded, and missing in a single day -- more than on any other day of the Civil War -- and led to Lincoln's issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. Antietam National Cemetery (5,032 interments; 1,836 unidentified) adjoins the park.

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Juneteenth: Click the image to read my post and find the Amazon link for the book.

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From the arrival of the Quakers in the 17th century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to guide slaves to freedom. In Jericho, families helped escaping slaves to freedom from the present-day Maine Maid Inn. Elias Hicks helped free 191 slaves himself and worked to create Underground Railroad safe houses in many northeastern cities. This is the story of the journey of runaway slaves on Long Island.

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