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Slavery was introduced to the original Thirteen Colonies in North America by the British, as a part of their colonial empire. The practice of treating human beings as chattel property was continued in the United States after its founding in 1776 as an independent country, up until June 19th, 1865, when it was officially ended with a proclamation by Union General Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas. The following year, 1866, freed slaves in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of Jubilee Day on June 19th. Juneteenth (short for June 19th) honors and commemorates the end of slavery and is considered the longest-running African-American holiday. Also sometimes referred to as America's second Independence Day, the joyous event is celebrated with public readings of the Emancipation Proclamation, the singing of traditional songs, cookouts and barbeques, street fairs, family reunions, blues festivals and prayer services. Texas became the first state to make Juneteenth an official holiday in 1979, and currently forty-seven states and the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth as a state holiday or observance, while efforts are currently underway to make it a national holiday.

To mark the epic, enlightened, historical occasion, send all of your Black friends, family members and coworkers, and everyone else who revels in the event, a bright, colorful, chain-breaking card of commemoration like the ones on offer from NobleWorks. It's another wonderful way to celebrate American freedom, African-American culture in particular and multiculturalism in general.