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Juneteenth Independence holiday: here’s what you need to know | The Guardian

Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the day in 1865 when a general read out Abraham Lincoln’s emancipation proclamation in Texas, freeing slaves in a portion of the last un-emancipated state.

As a growing list of corporations have announced they will recognize the holiday combining the words “June” and “19” as a paid holiday, more supporters are calling on Juneteenth to receive federal recognition.

Here’s what you need to know about a holiday celebrated by millions of African Americans across the US.

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