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Article-a-Day #70: HowStuffWorks-How Juneteenth Became Black Independence Day

On June 19 every year, thousands of people across America — millions, more like it — come together to celebrate Juneteenth with parties and parades, prayer breakfasts and golf tournaments, cookouts and music.

And if you don’t know what Juneteenth is, you’re not alone. Not by a long shot.

Though the holiday is now officially recognized in 47 states in the U.S. and Washington D.C., though it’s still being batted about as a possible national holiday, though it’s been around now for more than 150 years, Juneteenth is still a mystery to many. It’s a holiday that marks … what, exactly?