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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Click through to see which of your favorite actors, singers, athletes and beauty queens are from Texas!

1. Debbie Allen is from Houston

Debbie Allen is from Houston Source:PRPhotos.com

2. Usher was born in Dallas

Usher was born in Dallas Source:Robb D. Cohen/Invision/AP

3. David and Tamela Mann are from Ft. Worth

David and Tamela Mann are from Ft. Worth Source:Sir Jones / PRPhotos.com

4. Loni Love is from Houston

Loni Love is from Houston Source:Taylor Hill/Getty Images

5. Jill Marie Jones is from Dallas

Jill Marie Jones is from Dallas Source:Aaron J. Thornton / PR Photos

6. Lil Twist is from Dallas

Lil Twist is from Dallas Source:Santiago Interiano / PRPhotos.com

7. Brittney Griner is from Houston

Brittney Griner is from Houston Source:AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

8. Grant Hill is from Dallas

Grant Hill is from Dallas Source:AP Photo/Colin E. Braley

9. Kirk Franklin is from Ft. Worth

Kirk Franklin is from Ft. Worth Source:Sir Jones / PRPhotos.com

10. Jamie Foxx is from Terrell

Jamie Foxx is from Terrell Source:Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

11. Forest Whitaker is from Longview

Forest Whitaker is from Longview Source:Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images