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Today is the day that I will celebrate my independence day. In fact, I won’t be alone either. All across this country, there will be barbeques, parties, and maybe even a parade or two. Those not celebrating today because it’s Friday will likely do so tomorrow if they haven’t celebrated already.
Why celebrate independence today and not on the Fourth of July? It’s because today is Juneteenth. If you don’t know about Juneteenth, here’s a quick rundown.
“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become…
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