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Juneteenth is a U.S. holiday that marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure the freedom of all enslaved people. The troops’ arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of all slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. In 2021, it officially became a U.S. federal holiday.

Things to consider:

  • Include any resources for Juneteenth, including charities and educational resources.
  • Communicate if employees have the day off.
  • Encourage shopping at local Black-owned businesses.
  • Participating in local Juneteenth events.
  • Share links to The Smithsonian’s Open Access Initiative for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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