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US Juneteenth 2017 commemorates 152 years of freedom in Texas

21:45  18 june  2017
21:45  18 june  2017 Source:   chron.com

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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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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 African-American slaves throughout the Confederate

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.

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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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Monday marks 152 years of freedom 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 .

Juneteenth : 152 Years Ago The slaves in America was freed . That’s 1865. On this day in 1865, enslaved people in Texas were informed of their freedom , two years following the Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.

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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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