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June 18th, 2021 · No Comments · City Library, Events, Main Branch

Did you know?
Juneteenth or Emancipation Day is our most recent national holiday. This holiday and it’s history had not been taught in most schools and so, sadly, not much is known about it, but that is about to change. 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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