Monday, June 19 2017

Juneteenth

June 19, 1865

Known among African Americans as Juneteenth, this is the day slaves in Texas and Louisiana learned they had been freed by President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Major Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas, and announced the order that the slaves had been freed. This was two-and-a-half years after the Proclamation had taken effect. It stated, “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” The information was kept from the slaves possibly so the slaveowners could reap another harvest, or because there weren't enough Union soldiers to enforce the order until Granger arrived, but Juneteenth is the celebration of that day.


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