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African American Studies : Juneteenth


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

The Juneteenth National Independence Day Act was signed into law on June 17th, 2021, making Juneteenth the newest federal holiday. 

Thomas Nast Political Cartoon published in Harper's Weekly entitled "Emancipation Proclamation of the Negros, January 1863 - The Past and the Future.".

 "The Emancipation of the Negros" by Thomas Nast (1863). This work is in the public domain.

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