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Happy JuneteethJun 19, 2012 | News
June 19th, a day of African-American freedom, alongside the celebration of the more popular American independence day...
The Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln which was suppose to end slavery. However, due to the division within the country- primarily lead by the Confederacy, many southern states still organized by Confederate rules. It was not until President Lincoln via Executive Order sent 2,000 federal troops to Galveston, TX in hopes of ending the separatist activity which was held primarily based there. The mission was a success, and on June 19th, 1865 marks the second independence day for many African-Americans. Although it has been in enactment for the past 147 years, many states have taken their own time in acknowledging it as a state holiday... However, many African-Americans have been celebrating the holiday despite any "national" notarization.
This photo was taken from the Smithsonian blog, for more information on the Emancipation and the day of African-American independence, read here: http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/aroundthemall/2009/06/juneteenth-a-new-birth-of-freedom/
Further reading: http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm