Fascinating facts about Juneteenth

Learn about the history and importance of this federal holiday

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19/06/24 | StarsInsider


On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and announced that enslaved people were now free. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated as Juneteenth across the country. The oldest known US celebration of the end of slavery, Juneteenth is celebrated much like the Fourth of July, with parties, picnics, and gatherings with family and friends. But how did it really come about? And what's its significance today?

Check out this gallery for everything you should know about this historic event and celebration.

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