Juneteenth is a celebration of freedom from enslavement in America. It is recognized by the U.S. Congress, the District of Columbia and most states as Juneteenth Independence Day.
Juneteenth, or the "19th of June", recognizes June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, when Union General Gordon Granger announced freedom for all slaves in the Southwest. This was the last major vestige of slavery in the United States following the end of the Civil War. This occurred more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln. Upon the reading of General Order #3 by General Granger, the former slaves celebrated jubilantly, establishing America's second Independence Day Celebration and the oldest African American holiday observance.
Americans of African descent built both the White House and the U.S. Capitol during the tyranny of enslavement. Our ancestors have made many significant contributions to the building of the infrastructure of America that have yet to be acknowledged.
America's second Independence Day and the building of the White House by Americans of African descent during the tyranny of enslavement should be personally recognized by the President of the United States during the celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day.
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