What is Juneteenth?

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uneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated day of observance marking the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865 — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was enacted — the United States Army read orders in Galveston, Texas, stating all formally enslaved Africans were free. 

Also known as “Emancipation Day,” “Freedom Day,” and “Jubilee Day,” Juneteenth commemorates this liberation of the last of the enslaved Africans in the United States. Celebration of the day began the following year.