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In late June, a mountaintop cross in Riverside that bears the name of Franciscan friar Junipero Serra became the most recent target of those who call for removal of all Serra statues and namesakes, part of a renewed focus across the country to remove monuments associated with racism, colonialism or slavery.

A statue of Serra at Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa is now in storage, after being removed by church administrators around June 23.

June 19 is Juneteenth, also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day. It's a holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865 announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and signified the emancipation of slaves throughout the United States. It came over two years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. 

A Shady Past

Aug 4, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/4/14

When most Americans look into their ancestries, they don’t want to see a negative side that includes slavery.  In his book, Tomlinson Hill, journalist Chris Tomlinson exposes his family's past, and the problematic history of racial relations in America.