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** Juneteenth **

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This article is about the holiday. For the work by Ralph Ellison, see
Juneteenth (novel).

Juneteenth or June 19, 1865
Emancipation Day celebration - 1900-06-19.jpgJuneteenth celebration in
Austin, Texas, on June 19, 1900
Also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day
Observed by Residents of the United States, especially African Americans
Type Ethnic, historical
Significance Emancipation of last remaining slaves in the United States
Observances Exploration and celebration of African-American history and
heritage
Date June 19
Next time *June 19, 2016* (2016-06-19)
Frequency annual

*Juneteenth*, also known as *Juneteenth Independence Day* or *Freedom Day,*
is a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery
in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of
African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on
June 19, the term is a portmanteau of /June/ and /nineteenth/^[1]^[2] and
is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most
states.

The holiday is observed primarily in local celebrations. Traditions include
public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, singing traditional songs
such as "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing", and
readings by noted African-American writers such as Ralph Ellison and Maya
Angelou.^[3] Celebrations may include parades, rodeos, street fairs,
cookouts, family reunions, park parties, historical reenactments, or Miss
Juneteenth contests.^[4]

*Contents*

· 1 History
· 2 Official status
· 3 See also
· 4 References
· 5 External links

*History[edit]*

Ashton Villa, from whose front balcony General Order #3 was read on June
19, 1865

During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the
Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of
January 1, 1863. It declared all slaves to be freed in the


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