Juneteenth is Sunday!

       You may be cocking your head and asking, “What?”  And you’ve got a lot of company.  I had never heard the term until it was mentioned in a local newspaper article last week.  So here’s the scoop. 

       Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.  On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed with his troops at Galveston, Texas, and shared the news that the Civil War had ended and that the slaves were now free. 

       One of the first things Granger did is read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas:

       “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

       Today, celebrations are held across the country, with many states having legislation that proclaims Juneteenth as a special day of recognition.  You can find more information about Juneteenth at http://juneteenth.com.

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RandolphMase, Fiction Writer

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My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale

 

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