Why Juneteenth Should Be a Federal Holiday.
Slavery was put to an end when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and it went into effect in 1862. Right? Well not exactly. Here again I admit my ignorance in that I only recently learned that slavery remained in effect in many Confederate states, such as Texas, for another two and half years. And, that the importance of June 19, 1865, is that 1,800 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas and took control of the state to proclaim all enslaved people wer