Great story on Juneteenth! What is the icing on the cake is my picture in the story.
It was back in April that we marked the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox Court House. But word of the Civil War’s end didn’t reach Texas until June 19, 1865.
As TIME explained in 1997:
Texas got the big news a little late. On June 19, 1865–nearly a month after the Civil War ended and more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation–General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed at Galveston, Texas, and read aloud General Order No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”
Spontaneous celebrations broke out in Galveston and spread around the state–and thus the holiday of “Juneteenth” began.
What followed, however, was more complicated than the early celebration suggested. Proof could be found in a New York Timesstory
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