Remembering Juneteenth

“I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free.”-Billy Taylor & Dick Dallas

“Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note 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.”http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm


7 thoughts on “Remembering Juneteenth

  1. I had no idea about “Juneteenth” so I thank you for this fascinating information, I have recently been learning about the Underground Railroad mostly through coded songs related to it and this fits in with that also. Nina was an added bonus. Thanks.
    Mark

    • I used to teach so much about the Underground Railroad, the coded songs, the coded quilts, the safe homes, etc. Glad you’re taking time to learn more about it. Yeah, Nina is always a bonus! Thanks so much!

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