Juneteenth is a United States federal holiday. It commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African American people. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation was issued on January 1, 1863, but the order was not enforced by confederate states until the end of the Civil War. Texas was the last state of the Confederacy with institutional slavery and the announcement of emancipation, proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas, took place on June 19, 1865.
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