History of Juneteenth: and the Emancipation Proclamation

June Nineteenth, or Juneteenth, marks the celebration of the emancipation of African-American slaves in Texas in 1865. While the annual celebration started in Texas the following year in 1866 — and became an official Texas state holiday there in 1980 — this formerly obscure holiday is now observed across the United States and around the world. Yesterday, Congress and the President made it an…

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Bill Petro

Writer, technologist, and historian. Author of fascinating articles about history, tech trends, pop culture, and world travel. https://billpetro.com @billpetro