MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Gov. Jim Douglas has proclaimed Saturday as Juneteenth National Freedom Day in Vermont, a celebration commemorating the freeing of U.S. slaves.
Two years ago Vermont became the 29th state to recognize the end of slavery in the United States with a state holiday. The holiday is on the third Saturday in June.
Juneteenth marks June 19th, 1865, two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas and announced the end of slavery.
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