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(NASA) – The issuance of General Order No. 3 by Union troops on June 19, 1865 marked the official end of slavery in Texas and the United States
That Monday, enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. This day of liberation became known as Juneteenth, when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced by Union troops in Galveston, Texas.
On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law a law making June 19 a federal holiday.
NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said in the Workforce Post of June 19 this year:
“Last year, President Biden signed into law a law that established June 19 as National Independence Day on June 19 – a federal holiday. On this day, we count on the moral stain of slavery on our country. We reflect on centuries of racial injustice, inequality and struggle that sadly still exist today.
“There’s still work to be done, and it’s work that we all need to do. I encourage all members of the NASA family to join in a June 19 celebration and reflect on this historic event in our history. Let us reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to building a more perfect union.
The image above of Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula, separated by Galveston Bay, was taken by the crew of the International Space Station as it orbited 262 miles above. In the image, Galveston Island is on the right, the Bolivar Peninsula on the left, with the top of the image looking southeast.
Premiering June 19, Sunday, June 19, “The Color of Space” is an inspirational 50-minute NASA documentary that tells the stories of black Americans determined to reach for the stars.
It will be available to watch beginning at noon EDT on NASA TV, the NASA app, NASA social media channels, and the agency’s website.
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