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

galveston-texas-cartoon-map-kevin-middletonOn 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.

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, became a legal state holiday in 1980 in the United States, to commemorate the announcement of the abolition of slavery, in the U.S. state of Texas in 1865.

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