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Juneteenth gains national recognition


Last updated 6/19/2021 at 4:22pm

In the mid-1970s, Charles E. Becknell, then in grade school, attended one of the first official Juneteenth celebrations in New Mexico.

At the time, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery was an obscure one to many people outside the Black co...

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