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Lessons of “Juneteenth”

Friday, June 19th, 2015

In honor of “Juneteenth,” I’d started writing a blog post about a local African-American hero, Benjamin Banneker*. But then after I had most of it written and went to fill in details about Juneteenth, I realized I was completely wrong about the meaning of the day. SO, I’m writing about that instead, and Banneker will get his due on another day.
I thought that Juneteenth, celebrated on June 19, marked the date of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Lincoln. I was wrong. Texans celebrate Juneteenth in 1900Lincoln issued the proclamation, which declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free” on January 1, 1863. So what is Juneteenth and why is it important? (more…)