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Operations Specialist 2nd Class Lisa King, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), dances during a Juneteenth celebration ceremony in the mess decks. - PORTSMOUTH, Va. (June, 17, 2021) Operations Specialist 2nd Class Lisa King, assigned to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5), dances during a Juneteenth celebration ceremony in the mess decks, June 17, 2021. Bataan is in port at General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard for a maintenance availability. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Darren Newell)

Celebrating Juneteenth

Celebrating Juneteenth

June 19, also known as Juneteenth, was a date written into history. The Emancipation Proclamation was declared on January 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln. However, African Americans in Galveston, Texas, were not notified of the declaration until June 19, 1865. As a result, African Americans observe Juneteenth   as the day the last slave was