The enslaved residents of Galveston, Texas, learned they were free on June 19, 1865.
Every year afterward, they and their descendants celebrated the day and called it “Juneteenth.”
The celebration has now spread throughout the United States with commemorations of emancipation and the achievements and education of the formerly enslaved and their descendants.
Curiously, Utah has its own “Juneteenth,” since June 19, 1862 was the date Congress freed the slaves in the territories, including about thirty Black men, women, and children in Utah Territory.
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