‘We were freed on this day … this is American history.’ — This is why every American should learn about and understand Juneteenth
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On January 1, 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared all slaves were free. It was not until 1865 that messengers from the General Granger’s regiment told slaves in Texas that they were free. They suffered through two years of servitude, …, … BEFORE THEY KNEW THEY WERE FREE. For years after the Proclamation was signed, African Americans dealt with other forms of discrimination, such as sharecropping and voter suppression. While Junteenth is recognized all over the country as the oldest celebration of the emancipation of slaves, many people do not know what it is.
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