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County raises Juneteenth flag for first time to commemorate holiday

06/17/22

 

Friday, San Diego County raised a Juneteenth flag for the first time at the administration building downtown in observance of the holiday.

Juneteenth is Sunday, June 19. It commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.

"It is our county going on record to say that this matters, this holiday matters," said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

On the flag is the date June 19, 1865. It's the day Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, TX, to inform enslaved African Americans that slavery had ended in America, two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

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