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Juneteenth!

Day Of Freedom

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Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. Learn more about the orgins of Juneteenth here.

As of June 16th, 2020 Virginia will recognize Juneteenth a state holiday in Virginia. A move that was long overdue but a step in the right direction. For more read here.

Below are a few videos to help you understand the history and importance of Juneteenth.