Sunday, April 14, 2013

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteeth (June 19th) is a celebration of the day that Texas slaves were informed that they were free from slavery. On June 19, 1865, General Order No. 3, which informed the slaves of their freedom, was read at the Ashton Villa in Galveston, TX by Union Army General Gordon Granger. To commemorate this day, former slaves in Texas began having celebrations the following year. Since then, African-Americans in Texas and numerous states around the United States annually celebrate “Juneteenth” with picnics, parades, programs, and other community event.

TIPHC - Juneteenth - Part 1

TIPHC - Juneteenth - Part 2

TIPHC - Juneteenth - Part 3

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