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Juneteenth: A New Federal Holiday

Thoughts on the new federal holiday, Juneteenth black and white photography of members of the Fourth US Infantry detail, 1864

I'm thrilled that Juneteenth will be a Federal holiday. We need more holidays that celebrate freedom, and there's few events that increase freedom as much as emancipating people who were enslaved. That is, freeing them from the threat violence would be used against them, and they would have no recourse. The United States also needs more holidays that celebrate the United part.

Here at Adam & Friends and its antecedents, we've been celebrating Juneteenth since 2006. Of course, like most things here, we do it erratically.

Photocredit: Blackpast.