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Juneteenth Commemoration: ELCA Resource

June 19, 2023

ELCA worship resource for Juneteenth: https://download.elca.org/ELCA%20Resource%20Repository/Juneteenth_observance_0619.pdf

Juneteenth is a holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. It recalls how the states of Louisiana and Texas heard the news that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Slavery continued in those two states for more than two years after the proclamation was signed beaus the word had yet to travel there. Texas and Louisiana finally got the good news on June 19, 1865.