It all started in Galveston, Texas

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"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 rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer." --Major General Gordon Granger, Galveston, June 19th, 1865

Read the eBook Juneteenth Texas : Essays in African-American Folklore.

Listen to Congressman G.K. Butterfield, Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., Dean Kurt Schmoke and Professor Emeritus Roger Wilkins, discuss the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation

Download the "Lift Every Voice" mp3.

Use an interactive Emancipation Timeline or watch a video of Bill Moyers on Juneteenth.