On June 19, 1865, Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and forever changed the lives of African-Americans there. Granger announced that the Civil War was over and read and enforced the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in Texas. The Proclamation had been issued two and a half years earlier, on Jan. 1, 1863, by President Abraham Lincoln, but many slaves in the southern states were not aware they had gained freedom.
Juneteenth celebrates freedom
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