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How Americans Across The Country Celebrated Juneteenth This Year As A National Holiday For The First Time

Posted on AllSides June 21st, 2021
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After years of campaigning for Juneteenth to be recognized as a national holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day was officially signed into law by President Joe Biden on Thursday. The holiday honors June 19, 1865, the day in history when Black people in Galveston, Texas, were told they were no longer enslaved, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

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