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154 Years Ago Union Soldiers Told Texas Slaves They Were Free

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Galveston, Texas (Catalinandrei/Dreamstime)

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 09:42 AM Current | Bio | Archive

On June 19, 1865 — 154 years ago Today — Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers "told enslaved African Americans in Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War had ended and they were free."

A year later, newly freed slaves in Galveston began an annual celebration known as Juneteenth. That was the start of the "oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  . . . Celebrations include parades, concerts, and readings of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Today, Juneteenth is officially recognized as a holiday by 46 states and the District of Columbia.

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