Whereas, many blacks in America, understandably do not consider July 4th as Independence Day, some tend to view June 19th (Juneteenth) as the official liberation date for enslaved blacks. For yrs there has been unsuccessful proposals & attempts in the South to get Juneteenth declared as the official “Black American Slave Liberation Day” because many blacks feel that Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation did not officially end slavery of their ancestors – which it did not.
Slavery of Blacks in US was officially abolished by the ratifying of the 13th Amendment – which was on December 6, 1865. That really should be the official date for a National Proclamation signing .. and that should be the date for Celebrating. It’s a date that descendants of black slaves can relate to, moreso than the awkwardness of July 4th. December 6th should never be forgotten.