It’s the 148th Juneteenth–the day commemorating the final liberation of slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865, and thus the long-delayed implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation. Here’s Shirley Verrett performing “No More Slavery Chains For Me.”
Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.
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