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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 (recognized as a state holiday or state holiday observance in 41 states of the United States).

Macon Allen was the first African American to graduate was the first African American licensed to practice law in the United States, in Maine in 1844. He is also believed to be the first to hold a judicial position.

#Juneteenth is a celebration of the end of slavery which originated in Galveston, Texas in 1865. Happy #Juneteenth2014 http://SingleMomsSucceeding.com

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"'Oh! How I love the old flag.' Rebecca, A Slave Girl from New Orleans", 1863-64. In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners. Photographs of Charles Taylor, Rebecca Huger, Rosina Downs, and Augusta Broujey were mass-produced and sold as part of the campaign.

Observance of Juneteenth has traditionally tended towards church-centered celebrations featuring food, fun, and a focus on self-improvement and education by guest speakers. Although initially associated with Texas and other Southern states, the Civil Rights Era and the Poor People’s March to Washington in 1968, in particular, helped spread the tradition all across America—to the extent that Milwaukee and Minneapolis now host two of the largest Juneteenth celebrations in the nation.

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"White and black slaves from New Orleans", 1863-64. In 1863 and 1864, eight former slaves toured the northern states to raise money for impoverished African-American schools in New Orleans; four children with mixed-race ancestry and pale complexions were deliberately included to evoke sympathy from white northerners.

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Rosa, Charley and Rebecca 1863, mixed race ancestry New Orleans.Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

The History of Juneteenth: June 19/ Offiicial state holiday in Texas/ Marks the emancipation from the bondage of slavery to African-Americans since June 19, 1865, 2.5 years AFTER President Lincoln issued the Proclamation on January 1, 1963

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Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves. Pale children of mixed race

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Rebecca 1863 mixed race ancestry. Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

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Rebecca mixed race ancestry. "White" Slaves

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Rebecca, Augusta & Rosa 1863 mixed race ancestry. Historic Photographs Of "White" Slaves

Two-and-a-half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, Gordon Granger was named commander of the Department of Texas. One of his first acts was to officially declare that slavery was over. Finished. Abolished. Granger traveled throughout the state to personally spread the good news, in the form of General Order Number 3.