For the first time ever, Juneteenth is being recognized as a national holiday in the United States as President Biden signed it into law on 17 June 2021. It had already been an official state holiday in Texas since 1980.

For those who are unaware, Juneteenth, or 19 June 1865 is when the residents of Texas finally learned of the abolishment of slavery when Union soldiers made their way to Galveston, Texas (the Emancipation Proclamation had been put forth by President Abraham Lincoln on 1 January 1863 making all slaves free, but it took 2 years for this information to spread across the land). These former slaves began to celebrate with dancing, singing, eating, and prayer.

Hoping that this leads to more progress in having us truly be the United States of America.

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