Juneteenth became a national day of observance by former-President Barack Obama in 2014. Though for many citizens today its significance remains largely unknown in summary; Juneteenth marks a day–June 19, 1865– when 250,000 slaves in Texas were finally ordered by the United States government to be set free.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation had already gone into effect, it took 2 ½ years for all practices of chattel and forced free-labor slavery to be completely abolished in the U.S–and Juneteenth commemorates that day.
In January the following legislation…
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