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Juneteenth celebrated across the US

Juneteenth celebrated in the US. Juneteenth was made a legal public holiday in 2021.

Where: United States

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On June 19th, 1865, Union troops informed enslaved Black people in Texas that they were now free. However, though President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation came into effect in 1863, it could not be implemented until Union troops took back areas under Confederate control.
June 19th, or “Juneteenth”, marks the end of the legal enslavement of Black citizens of the US.
In June 2021, President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, making Juneteenth a federally recognized holiday.
On Sunday, citizens across the US celebrated Juneteenth across the country with parades and street parties.
Biden tweeted, “The emancipation of enslaved Black Americans was not the end of our nation’s work to deliver on the promise of equality – it was only the beginning. On Juneteenth, we recommit to our shared work to ensure racial justice, equity, and equality in America.”

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