© 1996 Grace A. Washington
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Juneteenth is the celebration of June 19th, the unofficial date of slavery ending in the South. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier in 1863, but the news did not reach all areas in the south because of lack of communication, Southern forces fighting to maintain the lifestyle slavery represented, and the North's inability to enforce the Proclamation because of limited troops.
When I first learned of Juneteenth, the historical part that intrigued me was the feelings of the how the newly freed slaves felt in realizing that the news were two and a half years late. Each face represents an emotion; anguish, relief, joy, celebration, disbelief and the woman who stares directly at the viewer is the voice of reality, slavery should of never of happened in the first place.