Juneteenth, named for the June 19 declaration, started as a celebration of emancipation day in Texas and eventually spread to other states.
With celebrations dating back to 1866, Juneteenth now commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.
But, in reality, there is a decidedly more cynical underside to all this euphoria.
In Silicon Valley, after all, many founders will often do whatever is necessary to protect their creations—whether that means paying a hefty legal settlement to hush the people who helped hatch the idea for their company in the first place (Facebook, Square, Snapchat), callously vanquishing a co-founder (Twitter, Foursquare, Tinder), or remorselessly breaking laws and putting thousands of people out of work (Uber, Airbnb, among hundreds of others). In order to save his beloved start-up, the Silk Road, an Amazon-like “everything store” for the Dark Web, he needed to “call on my muscle,” as he put it to one associate. Ulbricht hadn’t intended for it to all come down to this.
She created an experiment to bring parts of him back to life.