Black Roots at AncestryⓇ hosts “Freedom Redefined: Juneteenth Commemoration” by Nicka Sewell-Smith

On June 19, 1865, over two years after Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news the war had ended and the enslaved in Texas were now free. General Granger issued General Orders stating that "...all slaves are free.”

Since then, June 19th, known as Juneteenth, has been celebrated as Freedom Day within the African American community.

Learn more about the history of this important day in a piece written by Henry Louis Gates, Jr:


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