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Commissioners Proclaim June 17-23 as Juneteenth Week

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Special guests in attendance at the County Commissioners meeting for the proclamation of June 17-23 as Juneteenth Week.

The Board of County Commissioners, during its regularly scheduled Thursday meeting last week, gave unanimous approval to a Proclamation declaring the week of June 17-23 as "Juneteenth Week" in El Paso County.

Juneteenth traces roots to June 19, 1865. President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation of 1863 was supposed to end slavery throughout the United States. But both Civil War battles and slavery continued for another two and half years and after the official end of the Civil War with the Confederacy surrendering to the Union on April 9, 1865 slavery continued in many areas of...

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