Today We Celebrate 155 Years of Freedom!
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, recognizes June 19, 1865 and the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Texas, more than two years after it was issued. It also acknowledges the enforcement of 13th Amendment, which declared of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.
This second Independence Day is observed as a state or ceremonial holiday, now, in 49 of the United States.
Text of the Emancipation Proclamation
Portrait of Civil War ‘contrabands,’ fugitive slaves who were emancipated upon reaching the North, sitting outside a house, possible in Freedman’s Village in Arlington, Virginia, mid 1860s. Up to 1100 former slaves at a time were housed in the government established Freedman’s Village in the thirty years in which it served as a temporary shelter for runaway and liberated slaves.
As slaves were freed after the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States government established “Freedmen’s Villages” to house, clothe, and educate freed slaves. Ca. 1863-1865
Cartoon of Slave Owner and Former Slave from Harper’s Magazine. Read carefully.
#BREAKING: Senator Kamala Harris just announced that she, Cory Booker, Tina Smith, and Ed Markey are introducing a bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday! ✊🏾 #BlackLivesMatter #BlackHistory pic.twitter.com/Lj2Sd6a7Dd— ✊🏾 ALL BLACK LIVES MATTER ✊🏾 (@flywithkamala) June 18, 2020
.@SpeakerPelosi— CSPAN (@cspan) June 19, 2020
: "Tomorrow is #Juneteenth...in observance of that, I've sent a letter...to the Clerk of the House directing the Clerk to remove the portraits of four previous Speakers of the House who served in the Confederacy."
Later, the portraits were seen being removed. pic.twitter.com/3VuiImrnwJ
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