Mshale: How to celebrate Juneteenth in Minnesota

EXCERPT: “Juneteenth has been observed for more than 150 years in remembrance of June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers told slaves in Galveston, Texas that they had been freed. Slave owners had kept the news from the slaves that President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation two years earlier. Following years of activism by 95-year-old Ms. Opal Lee, President Biden signed a law making it a federal holiday in 2021. In Minnesota, Gov. Walz signed legislation in 2023 making it a state holiday. Several events to commemorate the holiday are being held around the Twin Cities metro area and parts of greater Minnesota in the days leading to June 19 and days after.” FULL STORY: