First celebrated in Texas, Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. Deriving its name from combining June and nineteenth, it is celebrated on the anniversary of the order by Major General Gordon Granger proclaiming freedom for enslaved people in Texas on June 19, 1865.
Learn more about the history of Juneteenth here.
Enjoy this list of select Torch Features
The Cottage by Gail Upchurch
word time by devorah major
Something Wonderful by Victoria Adams-Kennedy
Am I Beautiful? by Arianne Elena Payne
Old Blood, Still Running by Angela Redmond-Theodore
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