Celebrating Juneteenth: Where is the Joy in Freedom?
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**Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed into law legislation designating Juneteenth as an official public holiday in New York State. The new law celebrates Juneteenth, a day which commemorates the end to slavery and celebrates Black and African American freedom and achievements, while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.
Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the news of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 reached rural Texans. African Americans across the state were made aware of their right to freedom when Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and read General Order No. 3 announcing the end of the Civil War and that all enslaved were now free. More than 150 years later, people are still fighting for freedom, democracy and equality.