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Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration. Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.

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Scholar, activist, and Texas native, Ava Wilson, wrote a very informative and passionate post about the hidden story behind emancipation and Juneteenth. Take a look at this link to get more info.

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Each year people travel to Galveston, Texas to commemorate Juneteenth. Watch the documentary to get additional information on that annual celebration including a reenactment, festivals and exhibits.

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An article on the history of Juneteenth and the current state of emancipation for Black Americans in the U.S... The author delves heavily into the issue of the prison industrial complex. "Just as slavery, by whatever name, eventually gave way to Jim Crow, Jim Crow has been replaced with the 'New Jim Crow'. Legal scholar Michelle Alexander explains that the New Jim Crow is the latest version of a racial caste system that keeps black Americans convicted of crime, locked up, and locked out of the benefits of full citizenship."

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