Last Friday, on the day known as Juneteenth, NPR started a new tradition — reading the Emancipation Proclamation on the air. The holiday commemorates June 19th, 1865, the day Union forces arrived in Texas to inform some of the last enslaved Americans that they were forever free.
Longtime listeners may know that NPR reads the Declaration of Independence every year to mark Independence Day, and that's coming up soon. Click the image above to listen to the Juneteenth reading by a group of NPR journalists. Our local Oklahoma Engaged reporters were in Tulsa that day for the commemoration there: