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Juneteenth's 157-year history, explained

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Courtesy of Cincinnati Juneteenth Committee
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Cincinnati's Juneteenth Festival in 2019.

Today the nation celebrates Juneteenth as a federal holiday for only the second time. Juneteenth is often described as commemorating the date on June 19, 1865 when — more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — enslaved people in Texas finally found out they were free. But that short-hand explanation isn’t the whole story.

Joining Cincinnati Edition for a fuller picture of the history of Juneteenth are Antioch College Associate Professor of History Kevin McGruder, Ph.d.; and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center Director of Education and Community Engagement Christopher Miller.

Listen to Cincinnati Edition live at noon M-F. Audio for this segment will be uploaded after 4 p.m. ET.

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