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On this day in 1865, the final slaves residing in the former Confederacy were granted freedom by the Emancipation Proclamation

June 19, 2023

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 19 of June, repeating indefinitely

On this day in 1865, the final slaves residing in the former Confederacy were informed of their freedom as granted under the Emancipation Proclamation. The day became a holiday for former slaves in Texas (the final state to be informed of the Proclamation) and is now celebrated across the nation to commemorate American emancipation from slavery. ⁠

Did you know? Though Juneteenth is a significant date in our country’s history, it was not until the ratification of the 13th Amendment on December 6, 1865, that slavery was formally abolished in the United States.⁠

Perhaps reflecting the holiday’s Texas roots, traditional celebrations of the day include barbecue picnics, rodeos, worship services, and outdoor activities. ⁠ 🥩🎊🪅🧺

Juneteenth Emancipation Day Celebration, Texas, Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray), June 19, 1900⁠

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June 19, 2023
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