Most Americans outside Texas likely knew little of Juneteenth until recent years, even though it was a significant event in both African American and the nation’s history.

It refers to June 19, 1865, the day the last slaves in the former Confederacy learned of the Emancipation Proclamation issued two years earlier when Union Gen. Gordon Granger announced it in Galveston.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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