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5 Fun Facts About June 19 In South Carolina History

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1. Juneteenth Becomes Recognized as a State Holiday: In 2021, South Carolina officially recognized Juneteenth as a state holiday, joining many other states in commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.

2. Rev. Clementa Pinckney Laid to Rest: On June 19, 2015, the funeral of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was held at the College of Charleston's TD Arena. Pinckney was one of nine people who were killed by a white supremacist during a Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston.

3. Denmark Vesey's Plot to Overthrow Slavery Uncovered: On June 19, 1822, the planned slave rebellion led by Denmark Vesey was discovered and thwarted by authorities in Charleston. Vesey was a free black man who had purchased his freedom and was known for his work as a carpenter and minister.

4. Althea Gibson Becomes First Black Woman to Win Grand Slam Title: On June 19, 1956, Althea Gibson became the first black woman to win a Grand Slam title when she won the French Open. Gibson was from Silver, South Carolina and went on to win several more major titles in her tennis career.

5. South Carolina Secedes from the Union: On June 19, 1861, South Carolina voted to secede from the United States as tensions between the North and South escalated towards the Civil War. The state was the first to secede, and the decision ultimately led to the formation of the Confederate States of America.
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