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Juneteenth 2024

Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas.
Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day) is the oldest known celebration honoring the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States.
Over time, as the descendants of the more than 250,000 enslaved individuals in Galveston began migrating to other parts of the country the Juneteenth traditions spread. In whatever way Juneteenth is celebrated, it has ultimately become a time of sharing stories of Black resilience, resistance, liberation, and joy. In 2021 President Joseph Biden declared Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021.
Visit the website of the National Museum of African American History and Culture to learn more. 
Test your knowledge with this Crossword Puzzle that you can download here .Juneteenth_crosswordPuzzle


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