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Juneteenth is "Independence Day" for many African-Americans

Akilah Bolden-Monifa | Posted 08.13.2012 | Black Voices
Akilah Bolden-Monifa

President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, but the word did not spread instantly. It was read to slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, more than two years after it officially went into effect.