Juneteenth

The newest federal holiday, Juneteenth was first celebrated as a Texas holiday. It honors the day, June 19, 1865, that enslaved people in Texas finally learned that they were free after the Civil War ended, and General Gordon Granger read General Order #3 that “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.”

Juneteenth marker, Galveston, TX

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