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Interesting Facts About Juneteenth

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Interesting Facts
About Juneteenth.
Juneteenth, which falls on June 19, marks the
day General Gordon Granger announced to
slaves in Galveston, Texas, that they were free.
Here are some things to
know about the historic event.
President Abraham Lincoln
issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863,
two and a half years prior to Granger's announcement,
but slaves in Texas were not aware that they were free.
The migration of freedpeople to northern
regions or to track down family members
became known as “the scatter.”.
Juneteenth is still not a federal
holiday, though most states
recognize it as a national holiday.
The Juneteenth flag is full of symbolism,
with the bursting “new star” representing
a new freedom and a new people