In 2021, Juneteenth became an official U.S. Holiday. The origins of Juneteenth go back to June 19, 1865, months after the end of the American Civil War, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed in Galveston, Texas, where he established U.S. authority over Texas, and re-issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The June 19th announcement came more than two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln Issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Juneteenth commemorates the day the enslaved people in Texas learned they were free.
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