US Juneteenth 2017 commemorates 152 years of freedom in Texas

21:45  18 june  2017
21:45  18 june  2017 Source:   Houston Chronicle

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3, 1937. Monday marks 152 years of freedom in Texas . Texas was the last to liberate its people, and it all happened in Galveston. (In the gallery above, see Texans who were formerly enslaved as they looked in the 1930s, decades after Juneteenth .

Image 90 of 90. Juneteenth 2017 commemorates 152 years of freedom in Texas . While Monday signals 152 years of Texas ' free population, Juneteenth wasn't considered a holiday until 1979.

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Posted June 15, 2017 . A full weekend of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 152 nd anniversary of emancipation in Texas . Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of

That day, 152 years later, is still being celebrated. Juneteenth celebration explores the Reconstruction Era of Mitchelville. WSAV-TV - 13 Jun 2017 Juneteenth , also referred to as Freedom or Emancipation Day, commemorates June 19, 1865—the day former slaves in Texas learned they

While Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, it wasn't until June 19, 1865 that slaves were freed in Texas. This state was the last to liberate its people, and it all happened in Galveston.

(In the gallery above, see Texans who were formerly enslaved as they looked in the 1930s, decades after Juneteenth. President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program made this possible, when it commissioned writers to document their narratives.)

The order granting slaves their freedom was issued by  Union Gen. Gordon Granger on the island. Historians still dispute whether Granger announced the order while standing on the balcony of Ashton Villa or in a notice posted to his headquarters at The Strand and 22nd Street.

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Juneteenth . The Joy of Freedom . From that date on, the pursuit of equality and citizenship could begin. 150 Years of Juneteenth . Turner, “ Juneteenth ,” 152 -53; “Emancipation Proclamation for the Baptist of Texas ,” June 4, 1892, Texas Newspaper Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American

Juneteenth commemorates the moment on June 19 152 years ago when more than 200,000 Texas slaves found out about their freedom , two years after the Emancipation Visit this website to contact the local NAACP chapter. © 2017 kens-tv. Connect tweet linkedin google+ pinterest.

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Gen. Granger's General Orders No. 3. reads, in part:

"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 momentous day is especially significant because at one point, one-third of Texas' population was enslaved, roughly 183,000 individuals. Slave-owners across the nation had transferred slaves to Texas, since they though it was a sanctuary. According to a historian, 125,000 slaves were transported to this state to avoid the federal decree.

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Juneteenth 2017 is on Monday, June 19, 2017 : What exactly is Juneteenth ? The Emancipation Proclamation became official two and a half years before General Granger reached Texas to inform the slaves of their freedom , on January 1, 1863.

Info about Juneteenth 2017 , parade, Juneteenth quotes, festival of Juneteenth history This holiday honors the African American heritage and commemorates the African American freedom and it is a day of The Juneteenth became the official holiday of Texas in the year 1980 and later on the

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While Monday signals 152 years of Texas' free population, Juneteenth wasn't considered a holiday until 1979. While it was celebrated in the time just following the initial Texas proclamation, its popularity declined during World War II through the Civil Rights Era. The holiday saw a revival in the 1970s, when it spread throughout the South.

It's now recognized annually as the conclusion to one of this state's most shameful eras.

This year's local Juneteenth celebration will be particularly memorable for Houstonians, since the city's Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave., is sporting a new look. The sacred Third Ward parcel of land is a property purchased by a group of former slaves and their descendants. Recently, it underwent a $33.6  million comprehensive remodel that debuted over the weekend.

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