6 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery
Statues of child slaves at the Whitney Plantation in Wallace, Louisiana. (Edmund Fountain)

ATLANTA — June 19 marks a pivotal point in American history. On June 19, 1865, the last slaves in Texas and more broadly the Confederate South were freed.Nationally and in cities like Atlanta, the day has been celebrated with parades, plays and other festivities that honor the African-American culture that developed during and after slavery. With COVID-19 on the horizon, some of those events will not take place due to social distancing. Efforts like HellaJuneteenth, a California advocacy campaign, has invited folks to honor the holiday in a virtual space and by pushing to recognize the day as ...


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