5 facts about Juneteenth, which marks the last day of slavery

11:25 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 Arts & Culture
Steve Schaefer/Special to AJC
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.