Texas Tidbits

From a sock hop in Galveston to a basketball competition in Austin, Juneteenth celebrations across the state commemorate the emancipation of slaves.

History books and elementary school teachers educate us on the Emancipation Proclamation that President Abraham Lincoln issued on January 1, 1863. However, the date June 19, 1865, is seldom mentioned in textbooks as a significant turning point in African American slavery. Two and a half years after the initial issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Union Major General Gordon Granger read General Order Number Three to the people in Galveston and freed the African American slaves in Texas. This day was commemorated through establishing a holiday called Juneteenth, and it celebrates the emancipation

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