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A photo of Salt Lake City citizens celebrating Juneteenth in 2020.
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After last summer, Utah organizers work to keep the momentum around racial equality going in this year’s Juneteenth festivities.
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Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Grant in April, 1865, but Confederate generals in Texas kept fighting for weeks, well into June. That’s when General Granger was sent to quell the unrest and tell the formerly enslaved that they were free. The date was June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — a day that we now call Juneteenth.

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