UHURU:1865 commemorates June 19, 1865. On this day federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. The troops arrival came a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth honors the end of slavery in the United States and is considered the longest-running African American holiday. On June 17, 2021, it officially became a federal holiday.
The man depicted in the design is Renty Taylor. Renty was born around 1775 in the Congo and captured by slave traders. He became a slave on the Taylor plantation in Columbia, South Carolina. Renty is known for being one of the subjects of the oldest known slave photos, which were taken in 1850 to promote white supremacy.
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