Little children play with hula hoops during a Juneteenth celebration in Durham, N.C. It’s a scene repeated city after city and state after state as even more people begin to celebrate the nation’s newest, federally-recognized holiday. Photo: Cornell Watson for Momentum

Juneteenth: A Photo Exploration In Three Cities

Momentum traveled to Detroit, Durham and Birmingham to document the holiday commemorating the slow end of slavery.

FFor many Black Americans, Juneteenth is the real Independence Day. It marks the date in 1865 — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation — when enslaved Texans were finally notified that…