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June 19, or Juneteenth, marks the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to proclaim the Emancipation Proclamation on June 19, 1865. Although President Lincoln abolished slavery on January 1, 1863, it took more than two years for those in remote parts of the United States to receive notice of their freedom. The recognition of Juneteenth not only marks the effective end of chattel slavery, but represents how freedom and justice are delayed for far too many.
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