Today is Juneteenth, a commemorative celebration of the end of slavery in the United States.

The holiday traces its roots to Galveston Island, Texas in 1865 as African American Emancipation Day, and marked its 150th anniversary in 2015.

Although the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect two years prior, news traveled much more slowly in the 1800s and it wasn’t until June 19, 1865 that the last slaves in America were finally, officially declared free.

The holiday is officially observed in 43 states, and is a state holiday in Texas, “home of the last to know.”


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