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Juneteenth celebrates the day in 1865 when federal troops in Galveston, Texas, the westernmost Confederate state, announced that more than 250,000 enslaved black people were free by the executive decree of the Emancipation Proclamation (signed in 1863). “Jubilee Day” celebrations in Texas followed in the next year.

By extension, Juneteenth honors and celebrates the end of government sanctioned slavery in the United States.



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