Emancipation Proclamation U.S. Senate Approves Rubio Resolution Recognizing 'Juneteenth Independence Day' By Sascha Cordner • Jun 19, 2018 Mrs. Charles Stephenson (Grace Murray) / The Portal to Texas History Austin History Center, Austin Public Library The U.S. Senate recently approved a resolution by Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio recognizing Juneteenth. The day celebrates the end of slavery more than 150 years ago. Local Groups Celebrate Juneteenth By Morgan Danford • Jun 19, 2017 Crownjewel82 via Wikimedia Commons Across the nation, African-Americans are celebrating Juneteenth – June 19th - as the day the Emancipation Proclamation was read in Texas, making it the last state to read the document to slaves. Living History part of Emancipation Celebration By Tom Flanigan • May 23, 2016 Tom Flanigan Although Friday's (5/20) Emancipation Day ceremonies in Tallahassee were rained out, the weather was more cooperative for Saturday's Walk Though Living History Festival and Parade. Florida Celebrates 150 Years Of Emancipation Following Lincoln's Famous Proclamation By Caitie Switalski • May 21, 2015 Caitie Switalski / WFSU Tallahassee citizens are recognizing the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation which took place 150 years ago in Tallahassee. The Knott House Museum commemorated its news and impact.