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Shackles for slave children are pictured here on display at the New York Historical Society in 2012 in New York City. A rare handwritten copy of the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, was also part of the exhibit. Some states didn’t get the word about the abolition of slavery in 1862. The news didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1865, with that date being celebrated as Juneteenth.
Monday marks a pivotal point in American history. One hundred and fifty-two years ago, on June 19, 1865, the last slaves in Texas and, more broadly, in the Confederate South were freed.