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Today marks Juneteenth, which commemorates the date (June 19, 1865) enslaved people living in Galveston, Texas were informed of the Emancipation Proclamation, two-and-a-half years after it was issued by President Abraham Lincoln.
To read more about this period in our nation’s history, please read this Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture article: http://ow.ly/n0ZL50OBfiA
(Photo credit: Nati Harnik/AP)
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