Juneteenth Marks The End Of Slavery June 19, 1865, is the day slaves in Texas learned of their freedom after Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army delivered the news that the Civil War had ended.
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Poet Amanda Gorman celebrates the gift of Blackness for Juneteenth

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Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas, in compliance with President Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. Here, a young woman stands near a piece of art created during the Louisville Juneteenth Festival at the Big Four Lawn on June 19, 2021, in Louisville, Ky. Jon Cherry/Getty Images hide caption

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Songs to believe in: A Juneteenth playlist

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The Lincoln Center campus, presently adorned in a green carpet of synthetic grass, hosts a Juneteenth experience June 19. Sachyn Mital/Lincoln Center hide caption

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In New York City, A Juneteenth Event Examines The Meaning Of Freedom

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President Joe Biden is joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and members of Congress at the signing the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law in the East Room of the White House on June 17, 2021. Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post via Getty Images hide caption

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5 Books To Read On Social Justice That Go Beyond The Instructive

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To Celebrate Juneteenth, Listen To A Reading Of The Emancipation Proclamation

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Opal Lee, shown earlier this month, is celebrating this week's passage of legislation making Juneteenth a federal holiday. President Biden signed the bill Thursday. Amanda McCoy/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Tribune News Service via Getty Images hide caption

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Celebrating Juneteenth And Black Music Month With Classical Classics

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A statue in Galveston, Texas, honors state lawmaker Al Edwards, who authored a bill that made the date an official state holiday. City leaders gathered in the statue's shadow Friday for a ceremony remembering both Edwards and the emancipation. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (fifth from left) helps volunteers paint a Black Lives Matter mural in the borough of Staten Island on Friday, as the city marks Juneteenth. Bryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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