Jun 19, 2019

Juneteenth grows across the U.S.

Denver's Juneteenth parade in 2008. Photo: Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Juneteenth — the annual commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S. — is spreading across the U.S. this year, including celebrations in 46 states and 150 cities, the AP reports.

The backstory: On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free.

  • "Juneteenth" blends "June" and "nineteenth." The holiday has also been called Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day.
  • Celebrations include parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth celebrations used to revolve around the church with speeches and picnics. It changed around the 1960s with the civil rights movement.

  • "It became a little more secular and stretched over more than one day," said Para LaNell Agboga, museum site coordinator at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural and Genealogy Center in Austin, Texas.
  • "It became kind of a time of community gathering ... It's really more huge parties and huge parades and big concerts, but always bringing in freedom."

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Government will cover uninsured patients' coronavirus treatment

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The federal government will cover the costs of coronavirus treatment for the uninsured, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at a White House briefing Friday.

How it works: The money will come from a $100 billion pot set aside for the health care industry in the most recent stimulus bill. Providers will be paid the same rates they get for treating Medicare patients, and as a condition of those payments, they won't be allowed to bill patients for care that isn't covered.

More states issue stay-at-home orders as coronavirus crisis escalates

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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey issued a stay-at-home order on Friday as the novel coronavirus pandemic persists. The order goes into effect Saturday at 5 p.m. and will remain in place through April 30. Missouri Gov. Mike Parson also issued a statewide social distancing order on Friday.

The big picture: In a matter of weeks, the number of states that issued orders nearly quadrupled, affecting almost 300 million Americans.

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