Many people were introduced to the Juneteenth holiday for the first time during an episode of FX’s Atlanta. Juneteenth, which is also known as Freedom Day, commemorates the abolition of slavery on June 19, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation three years earlier, making slavery illegal by Jan. 1, 1863, but many slaves remained in bondage. On June 19, Union General Gordon Granger officially announced that the Civil War was over. In the beginning, Juneteenth celebrations were often met with opposition and celebrations declined in the 1900s due to the Great Depression. But the holiday saw a resurgence during the Civil Rights movement in the 50s and 60s. In 1979, Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday.
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