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WATCH: What is Juneteenth?

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Published on 21 Jun 2020 / In Entertainment

Juneteenth recognizes the day in 1865 when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, signaling to slaves living in the farthest reaching U.S. state at the time that they were freed. Mark Anthony Neal of Duke University said Granger's announcement made a point that even though they were free, “the formerly enslaved would continue to work, try to pursue wages, and their idleness would not be accepted." Neal, a professor of African & African American Studies at Duke University, joined William Brangham of the PBS NewsHour on June 18 to speak about Juneteenth.

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