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About Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a blend of the words "June" and "nineteenth," celebrates the end of enslavement in America, when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure all enslaved people be freed.Also known as America's second Independence Day, Emancipation Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day, Juneteenth honors enslaved people, African American heritage, and the many contributions that Black people have made to the United States. It is a day of freedom, of liberation, and of jubilation.