In Galveston Texas on June 19th, 1865, two years after Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a Union General read the news of freedom to the waiting crowd. This historic day freed nearly 250,000 slaves in Texas.

Today the date is celebrated throughout Texas and is a day to reflect and have pride in the accomplishments of African Americans.

To learn more about Juneteenth celebrations, please visit Juneteenth World Wide Celebration, a site that has information on Juneteenth celebrations, organizations and supporters in existence.

 

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