Juneteenth: Freedom at Last
Slavery persisted in the South even after the Emancipation Proclamation and the passage of the 13th Amendment. In the most remote corners of the Confederacy, freedom did not come until more than two months after Robert E. Lee's surrender in April 1865. The day that General Order #3 was delivered to the people of Galveston, Texas is the day that slavery was finally extinguished everywhere. "Juneteenth" was the name given to celebrations marking the end of slavery on June 19, 1865; Juneteenth is still celebrated today.
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