The 1863 signing of the Emancipation Proclamation established freedom for those men, women, and children held in bondage in the Confederate states. But, in reality, the proclamation didn’t instantly free any enslaved people. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom. Today, June 19 is a federal holiday to commemorate freedom and celebrate African-American culture. Here are some resources for you to learn more about the origins of Juneteenth:
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Jen Glaze is a graduate student in Public History at the University of West Georgia. She is interested in Victorian and leisure history, visiting historic sites, and being outside. She is currently interning at Oakland Cemetery for the 2022 summer semester.