2011-06-16 / General Stories
Commemorate Juneteenth With African American Heritage Travel Guide
Almost two and a half years after the U.S. abolishment of slavery in 1863, African Americans in Texas were finally freed when Union Gen. Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston on June 19, 1865. Deemed Juneteenth, the date has since become an international day of celebration, officially becoming a state holiday in 1980.
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