9 Best Places to Celebrate Juneteenth

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Juneteenth is known by several different names. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 to the enslaved people and residents of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, thereby ending slavery in the state.

Fort Worth, Texas

Opal Lee, a Fort Worth activist, spearheaded the effort to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Washington, D.C

In 2005, the city began commemorating its own Emancipation Day to commemorate April 16, 1862, the day slavery was abolished in the District.

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Harriet Tubman's final residence was in Auburn.

Auburn, New York

Montgomery, Alabama

It is regarded as the cradle of the civil rights movement. After Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat, the Montgomery bus boycott began here in December 1955.

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A city with a long history of civil rights. King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, were among its notable residents, as was former U.S. Rep. John Lewis.


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A lively port city rich with great seafood, culture and Black history. 


Alexandria, Virginia

Franklin and Armfield, one of the greatest slave-trading establishments in the country, was originally located in Alexandria.


The city is most known as the home of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were drafted and signed, but it also played a key role in Black history.

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During the Reconstruction period, Chicago had a stable African American population, but it wasn't until the Great Migration that the city's Black population skyrocketed.


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