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Juneteenth: Fact Sheet [Updated June 21, 2021]   [open pdf - 1MB]

From the Summary: "Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the United States. It is also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Juneteenth Independence Day, and Black Independence Day. On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the civil war and the end of slavery. Although the Emancipation Proclamation came 2½ years earlier on January 1, 1863, many enslavers continued to hold enslaved Black people captive after the announcement, and Juneteenth became a symbolic date representing African-American freedom. Juneteenth became a federal holiday on June 17, 2021. Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a holiday or observance. This fact sheet assists congressional offices with work related to Juneteenth. It contains sample speeches and remarks from the 'Congressional Record,' presidential proclamations and remarks, and selected historical and cultural resources."

Report Number:
CRS Report for Congress, R44865
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2021-06-21
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Public Domain
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Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/
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