People across the country are celebrating Juneteenth National Independence Day.
The big picture: The date, June 19, memorializes when some of the last enslaved people in Texas learned about their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation in 1865.
- President Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation making Juneteenth the newest federal holiday.
- Many Americans have annually commemorated the anniversary long before the official recognition.
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