HARRISONBURG, Va.-- Thursday marks one of the oldest celebrations marking the end of slavery, but many people are still unaware of it.
It's Juneteenth and it commemorates the abolition of slavery in the united states.
On this day, the last slaves were told they were free after the signing of the emancipation proclamation.
Even though the the day plays significant role in u-s- history, a lot of people say that it should get more attention.
"It's kind of the beginning of why things are the way they are now and why slavery is not right," says Wade Harkins, who is a student, "It definitely seems like something people should know about, or think about and talk about or there should be some kind of recognition for it."
Juneteenth is recognized in 43 states and the District of Columbia.