On June 19, 1865 the lives changed for a quarter of a million enslaved African American People in Galveston Texas.
On January 1, 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation was read to many.The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact.
At last Major General Gordon Granger along with approximately 1,800 soldiers arrived in Galveston Texas June 19, 1865. and attempted to assume command of the District of Texas under what was known as General Order Number 3
“The people of Texas were informed that under this proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all men women and children being held in bandage are now free. The relationship was to be know considered employer and hired labor. Due to the small number of union troops , this executive order could not be enforced. After General Lee surrendered in April of 1865, the forces were strong enough to make a change in the life of the Black People in Galveston Texas. “Juneteenth is the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States".
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