Chicago History Museum: Juneteenth has to be part of any city celebration because it impacts all of us’

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FILE – In this June 19, 2020, file photo, a protester holds a sign that reads “BLACK LIVES MATTER” during a Juneteenth rally outside the Brooklyn Museum in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Juneteenth commemorates when the last enslaved African Americans learned they were free 155 years ago. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, officially making Juneteenth a New York state holiday. Although President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, it wasn’t until June 19th, 1865, that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, found out about it from Union army personnel, making them among the last to know about their freedom. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Chicago History Museum Public and Community Engagement Manager Erica Griffin joins John Williams to explain why Juneteenth should be observed as a national holiday. Erica discusses the different ways emancipation has been defined across the country. Learn more about Juneteenth in the museum’s virtual event Saturday.

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