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      Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery. Also known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, the holiday is celebrated every June 19th.

      Although President Lincoln passed the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery in the Confederacy on January 1, 1863, the news was especially slow to reach parts of the American South. For the 250,000 enslaved men and women in Texas, it took two and a half years to find out they had been freed. That date was June 19, 1865.

      If you haven’t heard of the holiday, that’s because Juneteenth celebrations haven’t always been welcomed. And it’s time for more of us to celebrate this momentous holiday because it marks an important time—when we, as a country, began working toward progress. But ending slavery doesn’t mean the work to end systemic racism did, too. Juneteenth should serve as a reminder that it’s up to all of us to be part of the solution. There’s still so much work to do.

      Explore the resources below to uncover the history and importance behind Juneteenth.
       

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