On Monday, June 19, 1865, enslaved African Americans in Texas learned of their freedom. That day of liberation became known as Juneteenth, when the Emancipation Proclamation was announced by Union troops in Galveston, Texas.

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed into law legislation making Juneteenth, “a federal holiday, recognizing that (1) history should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future; and (2) the celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

This nighttime image, taken by the Expedition 36 crew aboard the International Space Station in 2013, shows most of the metropolitan areas of Texas, with Galveston in the lower right corner.

Image Credit: NASA


1865年6月19日星期一,在德克萨斯州被奴役的非裔美国人获得了自由。当联邦军队在德克萨斯州加尔维斯顿宣布《解放宣言》时,解放的那一天被称为6月节。

2021年6月17日星期四,美国总统乔·拜登(Joe Biden)签署立法,将6月17日定为“联邦假日”,承认(1)历史应被视为了解过去、解决未来挑战的一种手段;(2)庆祝结束奴隶制是美国历史和遗产的重要和丰富的一部分,”NASA局长比尔·纳尔逊说。

将六一八节定为 “联邦假日,承认(1)历史应被视为了解过去和解决未来挑战的手段;以及(2)庆祝奴隶制的结束是美国历史和遗产的一个重要和丰富的部分,”美国航天局局长比尔-纳尔逊说。

这张由国际空间站上的远征36号机组人员于2013年拍摄的夜间图片显示了德克萨斯州的部分都市区,右下角是加尔维斯顿。

图片来源:美国国家航空航天局

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