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Free at Last: in Celebration of Juneteenth 1865

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A bit off the psychotic path I usually follow, this is something I've wanted to do for a year. In commemoration of the day that Union Major General Gordon Granger's soldiers rode into Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the Civil War (June 19, 1865). One of his first duties was to read General Order No. 3, which reads in part:

"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with the proclamation from the executive of the United States. All slaves are free..."

www.blackpast.org/primarywest/texas-emancipation-proclamation-1865

www.juneteenth.com/history.html

The Emancipation Proclamation has been issued back in January 1863, but it was not until the surrender of Lee to Grant at Appomattox Courthouse that it was possible to enforce the proclamation. We shouldn't have to keep reminding people of these events; it shouldn't be necessary to have to teach people to look past the color of one's skin to accept ourselves as equal. Well, until we reach that point, here you go. Thank you.
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