Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the end of the institution of slavery. Today we give some props to the African-Americans who have built the holiday over the year, including the Texan-turned-San Franciscan who used to don his ten-gallon hat and ride his horse through town as part of the festivities. Plus: if you like celebrations, why not try the Midnight Sun Festival in Nome, Alaska? It’s the kind of party that would go on all night… if they had night this time of year.

What Is Juneteenth? (PBS)

Late to Freedom’s Party, Texans Spread Word of Black Holiday (New York Times)

Emancipation Park (City of Houston, Texas)

Nome Midnight Sun Festival (Alaska.org)

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