While many historians have long known about the significance of June 19, 1865, Juneteenth celebrations have begun to become more popular within the last decade. In fact, many Black Americans say they no longer celebrate the 4th of July, opting for Juneteenth instead.

We all know July 4, 1776 was the day that the 13 colonies were declared as independent from England-- Independence Day; hence, the beginning of America becoming its own country.

We also know that the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect on January 1, 1863, effectively freeing the slaves in the Confederate states, which rebelled against the Union.

However, what isn't widely known is that slavery still existed in many states following the Emancipation Proclamation. June 19th, 1965 is said to be the date that the last slaves in America were freed.

For those who were aware, do you celebrate Juneteenth AND the 4th of July?  Does either carry more importance to you than the other?

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