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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told enslaved people they have been emancipated from slavery. The news was received two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became effective.
Below is a slideshow explaining what Juneteenth really is and why it is being recognized today.