Celebrating Juneteenth around the Nation

One hundred and forty five years ago today, hundreds of slaves in Texas found out that they had been freed by Emancipation Proclamation signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier. Two thousand union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 to read General Order No. 3 to slaves. It read: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free..."


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