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What would slaves do in their free time?

When they could, slaves spent their limited free time visiting friends or family nearby, telling stories, and making music. Some of these activities combined African traditions with traditions of the Virginia colonists.

What companies are making Juneteenth a paid holiday?

Juneteenth emerges as company holiday as Nike, Citigroup and others commemorate black history. A growing number of U.S. companies, ranging from Nike and Citigroup to Twitter and Uber, are giving their employees June 19 as a paid day off to recognize the liberation of slaves after the Civil War.

What is the significance of June 19th?

It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 announcement by Union Army general Gordon Granger, proclaiming freedom from slavery in Texas….

Juneteenth
Significance Emancipation of remaining enslaved African-Americans in the Confederacy
Observances African American history, culture and progress

Did slaves wear bells?

This collar with bells would have been used to deter attempted escape by a slave that had previously tried to win his or her freedom by running away. Runaway slave advertisements were a regular feature in New Orleans newspapers.