Juneteenth is a 156-year-old festival commemorating African-Americans’ freedom from slavery in the United States, we are sharing a few Juneteenth Image. On June 19 (the name is a combination of the words “June” and “nineteenth”), Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston, Texas, and notified slaves that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished.
Granger and 2,000 Union troops were on the ground to enforce President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been in effect for more than two years, on January 1, 1863. (In fact, Lincoln had been shot and killed just a few months before, in April 1865.)
According to the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were still surprised to hear the years-old news that they were free.
“The people of Texas are informed that, in line with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free,” read General Order No. 3 on June 19, in Galveston.
Juneteenth Image and Juneteenth Photos
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