The story behind Juneteenth and how it became a federal holiday

Written by on June 15, 2023

Americans will soon celebrate Juneteenth, marking the day when the last enslaved people in the United States learned they were free.

For generations, Black Americans have recognized the end of one of the darkest chapters in U.S. history with joy, in the form of parades, street festivals, musical performances and cookouts.

The U.S. government was slow to embrace the occasion — it was only in 2021 that President . . .



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