Today, June 19, marks the holiday known as "Juneteenth."
On this day 154 years ago, word reached Galveston, Texas, of President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, officially freeing the last slaves held in the United States.
Although not a national holiday, Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday in at least 45 states, including Virginia.
This photo from a Juneteenth festival at Portsmouth City Park in 2016 shows a woman pouring water from a glass. This symbolizes the recognition of one's ancestors and those who are in need of healing. Water is used because it is the essence of life. (Vicki Cronis-Nohe/Staff)
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