Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Remembering Juneteenth and U.S. End of Slavery

Copy of Emancipation Proclomation. Visit this web page for full text https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lcJp5OG2ePzuNsf0b2HcC4kUWJl55lvITfs_6Fi_sq8/edit

Rio Salado College proudly recognizes Juneteenth-- the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. 

More than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, effective January 1, 1863, Texans received the news on June 19, 1865, that slavery had ended. 

In many states, festivals are held annually by African Americans to commemorate their freedom. 

Learn more about Juneteenth in this USA TODAY feature.

News courtesy of Rio Salado’s Diversity and Inclusion Council