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Today in History: Texas Slaves Free Long After Emancipation Proclamation was Issued

On this day June 19, 1865, although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, slavery continued in Texas, until June 19th, 1865. When word reached Galveston, Texas that all slaves in Texas were free, one third of the people there were still slaves at that time. Juneteenth was celebrated annually with picnics and barbecues at public emancipation ground Ks, some of which are used to this day. Juneteen ...

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Today in History: Eleanor Holmes is Born

Ms. Eleanor Holmes, born in Washington DC, was a graduate of the Yale University School of Law. She became Chairperson of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, and a Georgetown University law professor, before being elected a non-voting delegate to Congress representing the District of Columbia. ...

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Today in History: Nelson Mandela Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

On this day in 1964, Nelson Mandela sentenced to life imprisonment. Nelson Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. ...

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