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Happy Juneteenth!

Hello everyone,

Sorry I do not have much to write today, but I needed to give a shout out to this wonderful holiday!

In 1865 on June 19th “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.Later attempts to explain this two and a half year delay in the receipt of this important news have yielded several versions that have been handed down through the years. Often told is the story of a messenger who was murdered on his way to Texas with the news of freedom. Another is that the news was deliberately withheld by the enslavers to maintain the labor force on the plantations. And still another is that federal troops actually waited for the slave owners to reap the benefits of one last cotton harvest before going to Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. All of which, or none of these versions could be true. Certainly, for some, President Lincoln’s authority over the rebellious states was in question.  Whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.”1

This holiday commemorates a step towards freedom for African-Americans. I encourage you all to learn more about it and honor the memory of thousands of people on our soil, who were forced into chattel slavery.

May it one day be a national holiday.

~ Kenedy M.

Featured image courtesy of Google images.

  1. “History of Juneteenth.” Juneteenth.com, https://www.juneteenth.com/history.htm.

3 thoughts on “Happy Juneteenth!

  1. Happy Juneteenth! Happy Freedom Day! I join with you in the celebration of this historical event in American History…not just African-American History! Thank you for making us aware of this monumentual day in history. I concur with you Kenedy, “May it one day be a National Holiday!” Also, may we all continue to be students of life…willing to be teachable and learn from events of the past and present. Great post!!

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  2. Thank you so much for this added information and insight! Uncle Duane and I celebrated the day by watching Green Book – what a great movie!! Asking God to continue to help us grow, learn and love – and those throughout our country too. ❤️

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