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Juneteenth

June 19th, 2020 · No Comments · City Library, Main Branch, News, West Branch

Did you know?
Today is Juneteenth or Emancipation Day. This holiday and it’s history are not taught in most schools and so, sadly, not much is known about it. Juneteenth is a holiday that dates back to 1865 when enslaved people in Galveston, TX, were finally told they were free―more than two years after Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. It was not a day when everyone was freed. Slavery wasn’t made illegal in all states until the 13th Amendment was ratified in December 1865. But June 19th was the day the news made it to the last of the Confederate states, and this is a day many choose to celebrate freedom.

Let freedom ring!

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