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Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when the news reached enslaved African Americans in Texas that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed by President Lincoln two years earlier in 1863. This day celebrates the ending of slavery and the culture and contributions of African Americans. To learn more, explore the resources.
Juneteenth: Past and Present
Emancipation and Juneteenth
Chapter from Patriotic holidays of the United States: An Introduction to the History, Symbols, and Traditions Behind the Major Holidays and Days of Observance.