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6.19.2008

This is more of a Texas holiday, but I remember celebrating Juneteenth events out in California — probably because the majority of black Californians came from Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and other Dust Bowl states. For those of y'all who don't know what it is... from Wikipedia:

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is an annual holiday or holiday observance in 27 states of the United States. Celebrated on June 19, it commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas.
As the story goes, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1862, but it wasn't until 1865 that the erstwhile slaves in Galveston, Texas were alerted that they were... erstwhile. It's an official state holiday in Texas, and in 2005, the Governator declared June 19th "Juneteenth Day" in California (which is just another reason why my governor is more awesome than yours).

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jameil1922 said...

i had only vaguely heard of it growing up in nc. my CT homies go all out for it every year.