Actress Jasmine waters (R) and Anterior leverett (C) act out a scene about the lives of newly liberated slaves at the Atlanta History Center, Saturday during the center's Juneteenth Jubilee, June 17, 2017. Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
Today marks a pivotal point in American history. One hundred and fifty-two years ago, June 19, 1865, the last slaves in Texas and more broadly the Confederate South were freed.