Juneteenth, A New Federal Holiday, African American History Unfolds

How more than 250,000 enslaved African Americans were kept in slavery for an additional 2 1/2 years after the Emancipation Proclamation

Photo by Sasha Hupka/Cooper Family Foundation

Juneteenth, (June 19), is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, a Union General rode into Galveston, Texas with roughly 2,000 Union troops to…

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