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Today Is Juneteenth — Here’s What It Is and Why We Celebrate

Today Is Juneteenth — Here’s What It Is and Why We Celebrate

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Today is Juneteenth (a portmanteau of June and nineteenth), also known as Freedom Day. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, which would liberate slaves from the Confederate South. But it wasn't until June 19th, 1865 that the last of the slaves being held in …

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