Thursday, June 19, 2008


June 19 is celebrated throughout the United States as either Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day. It was on this date in 1865 that U.S. General Gordon Granger announced to a group of slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free and slavery a thing of the past.
Today, 17 states formally observe Juneteenth while some, including Presidential Candidate Barack Obama, have called for this date to be recognized as a Federal Holiday.
Click here, here , and here for more information on Juneteenth.

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