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When Is Juneteenth

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Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day

Juneteenth falls on June 19 each year. It is a holiday whose history was hidden for much of the last century...In essence, Juneteenth marks what is arguably the most significant event in American history after independence itself—the eradication of American slavery.

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Juneteenth is celebrated as "Freedom Day" on June 19th each year, as the anniversary of June 19th, 1865, when word finally made it to Texas slaves that they were freed by the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.


Do you know what Juneteenth is? It is the name for a holiday celebrating June 19, 1865, the day when Union soldiers arrived in Texas and spread the word that President Lincoln had delivered his Emancipation Procalamation. News traveled so slowly in those days that Texas did not hear of Lincoln's Proclamation, which he gave on January 1, 1863, until more than two years after it was issued!

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Harriet Tubman - "Moses". Escaped from slavery and came back, again and again, to lead others to freedom along the "Underground Railroad". She also served as a spy and guide during the War Between the States. She suffered terrible headaches and blackouts due to a head injury received as a child from a cruel 'mistress'. Against all odds she kept on keeping on.


Over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, slaves in Galveston, Texas, United States, were finally informed of their freedom when General Gordon Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”. The anniversary is still officially celebrated in Texas and 13 other states as Juneteenth.


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Juneteenth is on Tuesday. Celebrates June 19, 1865, the day following the last battle of the Civil War at Palmetto Ranch in Texas when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and Union soldiers marched into Galveston and announced that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Communities have gathered ever since for barbecue, baseball, speeches and dancing.