Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated day commemorating the abolition of slavery in the U.S., has grown to be a rich tradition particularly among Black Americans and is now widely celebrated all throughout the country and beyond.

Dating back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers informed enslaved individuals in Galveston, Texas, that they were free — Juneteenth is highly anticipated every year and celebrated in a variety of ways amongst various cultures, celebrating Black freedom and achievement while highlighting the countless sacrifices and contributions made for the progress of Black people in the U.S.

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