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Ethnic & Women's Studies

Juneteenth

June 19th celebrates the emancipation from slavery in the U.S. In 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War and the emancipation from slavery. This occurred two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed.

Screenshot from What Is Juneteenth? Dulcé Sloan Explains | The Daily Social Distancing Show (2020)

 

Original Juneteenth General Order 3

The U.S. National Archives holds the original 1865 handwritten order that informed those in Texas that all enslaved people were to be freed. 

 

Juneteenth becomes Federal Holiday

On June 17, 2021, President Biden signed into law a bill that recognizes Juneteenth as a federal holiday, Juneteenth National Independence Day.  The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the resolution while the House of Representatives approved legislation with only minor Republican dissent. 

 

Resources

The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth - National Museum of African American History & Culture

What Is Juneteenth? - History.com

Why is Juneteenth Important? - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

So You Want to Learn About Juneteenth? - New York Times (2021)

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