June 19 commemorates the day when African Americans in Galveston, Texas, learned that slaves had been freed and the Civil War had ended.READ MORE: 2021 Primetime Emmy Awards: Complete List Of Winners And Nominees
That was more than two years after the emancipation proclamation.READ MORE: Passenger Killed, Driver Airlifted To Hospital In East Farmingdale Crash
Juneteenth has been celebrated by African Americans since 1866.
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