Juneteenth – Commemorating the Announcement of the Abolition of Slavery in Texas

Today we went out the the county page (epcounty.com) to see what the county would be discussing.  To our surprise, we found this note:

juneteenth

We looked ‘Juneteenth’ and it’s a real holiday!  In fact, according to http://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm, “is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.”  On June 19, 1865 Major General Gordon Granger and his Union soldiers landed at Galveston, TX and announced that the war and slavery had ended.

On January 1, 1980, Juneteenth became an official Texas state holiday through the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator. The successful passage of this bill marked Juneteenth as the first emancipation celebration granted official state recognition. Juneteenth today, “celebrates African American freedom and achievement,while encouraging continuous self-development and respect for all cultures.”

You can read more about Juneteenth by clicking here.

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One thought on “Juneteenth – Commemorating the Announcement of the Abolition of Slavery in Texas

  1. The county closes when the wind blows. They are closed more often than open. Remember when they got St. Patrick’s Day off? Yes, because El Paso has so many citizens of Irish decent.

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