Juneteenth is a US federal holiday

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is The holiday that commemorates the Emancipation Proclamation in the U.S.

 President Abraham Lincoln issued the proclamation to free enslaved African Americans in secessionist states on January 1, 1863,

 but enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, would not learn of their freedom until two years later. On June 19, 1865.

Why is Juneteenth important?

It is a lesser-known fact that the Emancipation Proclamation did not result in all enslaved African Americans being freed.

 Juneteenth is part of recognizing the conditions underwent by some Americans unknowingly liberated by law.

The proclamation, moreover, guaranteed freedom to enslaved people in secessionist states like Texas, but not Union states like Maryland,

which did not secede during the Civil War. The 13th Amendment, ratified in 1865, freed all enslaved people in the country.

Why is it called Juneteenth?

Texas was the last Confederate state where the proclamation was announced, and the first to recognize the date of June 19.

The inaugural Juneteenth to commemorate the official day enslaved people in Galveston were freed began in 1866. The holiday,

also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, spread across the country as African Americans migrated away from the South.

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