Friday is Juneteenth. Largely recognized by the African American community, the day celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, and told the enslaved they were free—two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Texas was a part of the Confederacy, so the message delivery on freeing slaves was believed to be thwarted on multiple occasions in those states.

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