From as far back as I can remember, every June 19th, my family, family-friends, and everyone in between would get together and celebrate Juneteenth.

A blend of the words June and Nineteenth, Juneteenth is believed to be the oldest Black-American holiday. It dates back to 1866, two years after president Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the Civil war ended. On June 19th, 1865 federal troops entered Galveston, Texas to assume control of the state and guarantee that all enslaved residents were freed.

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