June 19th is Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a Federal holiday enacted in 2021, celebrates the effective end of slavery. On June 19, 1865, the last known enslaved people in Galveston Bay, Texas were liberated.  Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, many states ignored the issuance.  The District of Columbia and all states, except for South Dakota, have recognized this day as a holiday or day of observance.