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Celebrating Juneteenth

Today our Jesuit community, along with our nation, honors and celebrates this day as Juneteenth! On this day in 1865, two-and-a-half years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, and two months after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to end the Civil War, news finally reached Galveston, Texas. This news liberated all enslaved people who endured generations of horrific oppression and dehumanization. Celebrations of freedom ensued by former slaves, and Juneteenth became a day of remembrance and commemoration. Now, Juneteenth is recognized and celebrated in communities throughout the United States.

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