Juneteenth starting to overshadow Lincoln’s Emancipation Day, but not everywhere
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More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation became law, slaves in Texas were finally declared free on June 19, 1865, when Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger stood on the porch of a Galveston home and read General Orders No. 3.
That act was the beginning of annual celebrations and recognitions that became known as Juneteenth, an observance that has spread to 41 other states and the District of Columbia. The date’s popularity is growing, with some support in Congress for making Juneteenth a National Day of Observance, similar to Flag Day.
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