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A 1900 Juneteenth celebration at Eastwoods Park in Austin, Texas.

The emancipation that took place in Texas that day in 1865 was just the latest in a series of emancipations that had been unfolding since the 1770s - but Emancipation Days – Juneteenth in Texas – did not do what most of us think it did. Read more»

The holiday commemorates the day in 1865 that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, and ensured that enslaved people there would be freed.

President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, declaring a legal public holiday annually on June 19, the date of the end of slavery in the U.S. Read more»