Honoring Juneteenth Independence Day


The earliest known public celebration of the end of slavery in the U.S. took place on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas. Juneteenth is now observed annually across the country as a day of celebration, reflection, remembrance of ancestors — and dedication to helping the nation fulfill its ideals.

of May 2016, 45 of the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as either a state holiday, ceremonial holiday, or day of observance. 


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