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Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it was not enforced in the state of Texas due to a lack of Union troop presence. Since 1865 black Americans have regarded June 19th as the official emancipation day, and on January 1, 1980, the state of Texas proclaimed June 19 an official state holiday thanks to the African American state legislator Al Edwards

FEED | Websta - 1865). Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery. It was on June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Tx with news the war ended the enslaved were now free. (2 1/2 yrs 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.

Juneteenth: Our Other Independence Day

Two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, American slavery came to an end and a celebration of freedom was born

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration ending of U. S. slavery (june 19, 1865). Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Tx w/news the war ended & the enslaved were now free. (this was 2 1/2 years after Pres Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became official January 1, 1863) It had little impact inTexas due to the small number of troops to enforce. Gen'l Lee's surrender (April 1865) & the arrival of Gen'l Granger’s forces were enough to overcome the…


The monument, unveiled in 2007 during the Juneteenth activities, marks the recognition of the holiday celebrating the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston on June 19, 1865, for the first time in Texas, officially ending slavery in the state. The date grew to become one of celebration throughout the South, and it became an official Texas holiday in 1979 through the efforts of State Representative Albert (Al) Edwards of Houston.

"Bullet Bob" Hayes is a native son of Jacksonville, a decorated Olympic athlete, Superbowl Champion and NFL Hall of Fame member. Hayes was called the fastest man alive, due to his multiple world records in the 60-yard, 100-yard, 220-yard, and Olympic 100-meter dashes. His legacy is honored every year by an invitational track and field meet at Raines High School. This commemorative statue stands in A. Philip Randolph Park. (Photo courtesy of Mary Nash with the Jacksonville Children's…

Honoring African American Veterans Black men in the armed services have always served a country that didn’t serve them. During the Civil War, thousands of black men fought both on the Union side and the Confederate side. But they fought as slaves. They fought as property. They fought for a different reason than white soldiers. They fought for their freedom. They fought for change. White soldiers fought for things to remain the same.

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The American minstrel performer Japanese Tommy, aka Thomas Dilward, circa 1860. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection. "Thomas Dilward (1840–1902), also known by the stage name Japanese Tommy, was an African American dwarf who performed in the blackface minstrel show". (Wiki)