June 19th 2020 marked the 155th anniversary of the delivery of the message of emancipation to the slaves in Galveston, Texas by Major General Gordon Granger with General Order No. 3 on June 19th of 1865 which stated:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”
The yearly celebration of what became known as “juneteenth” spread across the states within a few years of the occasion itself and is now a worldwide observation.
For information on the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment go to www.Archives.gov