Liberty Hall Museum
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Juneteenth is an annual holiday honoring African-American heritage and culture and commemorating the end of the Civil War and slavery in the South.
The news of President Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation finally reached the people of Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865. That’s the date Major General Gordon Granger and his troops arrived to enforce the Executive Order outlawing slavery in the United States.
June 19th is now called Juneteenth to remember the hard-won freedom of African-Americans and the ongoing struggles and victories of the Civil Rights Movement. With a focus on achievement and cultural pride, Juneteenth festivities include community-focused events including parades, barbecues, picnics, church services, and so much more in many places across the African-American diaspora.