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Slavery has existed in one form or another through much of recorded history. In the United States, the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, but many slaves' servitude didn't end until the Civil War ended in 1865, or even later in some cases. On June 19, 1865, the first African American Emancipation Day was observed, now called Juneteenth.
Francine Pratt, assistant to the vice president of the division for diversity and inclusion at Missouri State University, discusses Juneteenth, the significance and the local commemoration.
For more information on Juneteenth, visit www.juneteenth.com.