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Friday marks the 155th anniversary of the end of slavery in the U.S.
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The annual celebration is called Juneteenth — a portmanteau of June and 19th – and commemorates the day in 1865 when Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced that the Civil War had ended and read General Order No. 3 that said all enslaved people were free. Granger's announcement came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.
JUNETEENTH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The first celebration of Juneteenth took place the year after Granger's announcement.