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Juneteenth celebrates the date when enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, finally learned that they were free. More than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect, and two months after the end of the U.S. Civil War, Texas slaves discovered they were freed on June 19, 1865.

Since then, Juneteenth has been commemorated in communities across America, becoming a federal holiday in 2021.

The Juneteenth Recognition Committee is made up of representatives of the Black Coalition, the Black Staff Alliance, the IDEAL Staff Advisory Committee, Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), and the Vice Provost for Institutional Equity, Access and Community. 

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