Juneteenth is an annual holiday celebrating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, bearing the news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. While African Americans have marked the date since the late 1800s, last year’s widespread protests of police conduct have made Juneteenth resonate across the nation. The Civics Renewal Network provides a collection of resources to support teaching about the history of slavery and discrimination in our nation.
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