Pages Menu
TwitterRssFacebook
Categories Menu

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in History, Holidays | 0 comments

HAPPY JUNETEENTH!

Image Source: Library of Congress

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day when the last slaves in the USA were emancipated.

From JUNETEENTH.com:

“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.”

Click on image to go to image source.

WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com