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What is Juneteenth, and why is it so important?

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In the most remote corners of the Confederacy, news of slavery's end did not come until more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. On June 19, 1865, General Order No. 3 was delivered to the people of Galveston, Texas, officially freeing the last enslaved people in the United States. The Root explores the history and continued significance of Juneteenth.

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