History of Juneteenth Day

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has urged June 19th to be celebrated as the emancipation holiday. He wants to introduce a measure to the make the lesser known date a national observance. The Texas Republican’s resolution would mark June 19th as Juneteenth Independence Day recognizing June 19, 1865 which was the day when an order was read which officially freed the slaves in Texas.

 

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