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The Truth About Juneteenth

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The Truth About Juneteenth

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The Truth About Juneteenth

The Truth About Juneteenth

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June 19th is traditionally embraced as the day in 1863 when slaves in Texas learned they'd been freed. But historian Hari Jones, Assistant Director of the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, D.C., says many are misinformed about the true significance of the holiday.

On a recent visit to the museum, the program helps listeners get it right.