In Honor of Juneteenth

Note: This article will be updated through Friday, June 19, 2020.

Final update, 11:55pm, June 19, 2020.

That’s it for our Juneteenth updates. We’ll resume our regular posts on Monday.

(Or we might post on the weekend. Our list of reading material just seems to keep growing.)

Updated 9:46 am, June 19, 2020.

Updated 7:20pm, June 18, 2020.

On June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger stood on the balcony of Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, and read out the contents of General Order No. 3.

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.

June 19 – Juneteenth is a portmanteau of June and Nineteenth – is now recognized as a state holiday or ceremonial holida in 49 out of 50 states and Washington, D.C.

In the current climate, observing Juneteenth is even more important and momentous than it has been in the recent past. With that in mind, here is a list of resources to help you commemorate the day

History of Juneteenth

Celebration and Observance

Other Reading/Watching Material

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