Lift Every Voice! Juneteenth


JUNETEENTH. On June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read in part, “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 personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.” The Imagetidings of freedom reached the approximately 250,000 slaves in Texas gradually as individual plantation owners informed their bondsmen over the months following the end of the war. The news elicited an array of personal celebrations, some of which have been described in The Slave Narratives of Texas (1974). The first broader celebrations of Juneteenth were used as political rallies and to teach freed African American about their voting rights. Within a short time, however, Juneteenth was marked by festivities throughout the state,some of which were organized by official Juneteenth committees.  source

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  1. General Granger’s arrival was the beginning of a very disturbing relationship between Texas and the Federales known as “Reconstruction.” While the date is significant in announcing that all men are free citizens, the brutality that followed is still a sore subject for many Texans.
    Phil Sheridan must be resting in Hell, cause the ground in Texas would reject him.

    “If I owned Texas and Hell, I would rent out Texas and live in Hell”- General Sheridan

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