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Celebrating Liberation

Juneteenth is observed each year on June 19 to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. 

On June 19, 1865, the Union Army announced to enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, that they were free — more than two years after President Lincoln delivered his Emancipation Proclamation. Observed as a federal holiday since 2021, Juneteenth commemorates, celebrates and honors Black culture and history.

Today, we’re also reminded of how far we still must go to fulfill the promise of liberty and justice for all.

We at OPEIU wish you a reflective and joyful Juneteenth celebration.

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