Saturday, June 19, 2010

Happy Juneteenth, Everyone

As this article from the excellent Wisconsin Historical Society website explains, our nation's independence that we celebrate on July 4 did not make all Americans free and independent.  While originally observed mainly in southern African American communities, the civil rights movement of the 1960s spread awareness of the Juneteenth observance, which commemorates the June 19, 1865, landing of Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger at Galveston, Texas, finally freeing the slaves there two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

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