Juneteenth celebrates 155 years

We hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Juneteenth celebration and holiday by looking into this 155-year-old African American traditional holiday first celebrated on June 19, 1865.

Juneteenth is the combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”. Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and informed slaves that the Civil War had ended, and slavery had been abolished. Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation which occurred two years earlier in January 1, 1863 but for some reason or other on June 19, in Galveston, Major General Gordon Granger publicly read General Oder No. 3, which stated: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”


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