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A man kneels and raises his fist in the air for eight minutes and 46 seconds -- the time that George Floyd was pinned under a police officer's knee -- during a march and protest to mark the Juneteenth holiday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial June 19, 2020 in Washington, DC. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when a Union general read orders in Galveston, Texas stating all enslaved people in Texas were free according to federal law, effectively ending slavery in what remained of the Confederacy.

Juneteenth has been officially recognized as a federal holiday, but how much do you really know about this important day in history? Read along to educate yourself on some facts that you probably didn’t know about the day of liberation.