Juneteenth - Commemorating the End of Slavery

June 19, 2020

Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day and Liberation Day – is an unofficial United States holiday and an official Texas state holiday, celebrated annually on June 19 commemorating the ending of slavery. On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger announced federal orders in the city of Galveston, Texas, proclaiming the Civil War had ended and the enslaved were now free.  Although President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had formally freed slaves almost 2 1/2 years earlier and the American Civil War had largely ended with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, Texas was the most remote of the slave states, with a low presence of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.

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