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SAG-AFTRA offices will be closed on Friday, June 19, 2020 in recognition of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.  

It was on June 19, 1865 that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, and delivered news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which became official January 1, 1863.

Juneteenth is an opportunity not only to celebrate but also to speak out against injustice and inequality.  

Find out more at:

What is Juneteenth? By Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


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