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This Week in History: Juneteenth

Friday, June 19 is a prominent day in the history of our country, and is the anniversary of an event that many of us may not have learned about during our days of schooling. 

June 19th is known as “Juneteenth”, which commemorates the date in 1865 when union soldiers under the command of General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and all those enslaved were now free.  This is a day that has previously been recognized as one for great celebrations and remembrances of this historic day, and another opportunity for all of us to learn a bit more about its significance. 

The Juneteenth website goes on to explain that “...this was two and a half years 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. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.” 

Please take a moment to visit the website and learn a bit more about this remarkable piece of our nation’s history.