Friday, June 19, 2009
Juneteenth and the Emancipation Proclamation II
VOANews: June 19th Marks a Joyous, Yet Solemn, Occasion
June 19th, is America's second Independence Day. There's the biggie -- the July 4th celebration of the nation's founding. But five states and 205 U.S. cities have also proclaimed June 19th an independence holiday. "Juneteenth," as it is called, commemorates the official and final end of slavery for about four million African Americans 141 years ago.