On June 19th, 1865 enslaved individuals in Galveston, Texas finally learned they were free. Two and a half years after the emancipation proclamation, and months after the end of the Civil War. This date, shortened to “Juneteenth” became a second independence day, celebrating freedom for all people. Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, to reflect, and to gather with friends and family to commemorate the past, and look towards the future.

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