Galveston in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
After the Civil War ended in April 1865 most slaves in Texas were still unaware of their freedom. This began to change when Union troops arrived in Galveston. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, commanding officer, District of Texas, from his headquarters in the Osterman building (Strand and 22nd St.), read 'General Order No. 3' on June 19, 1865. The order stated "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves." With this notice, reconstruction
Freed African Americans observed "Emancipation Day," as it was first known, as early as 1866 in Galveston. As community gatherings grew across Texas, celebrations included parades, prayer, singing and readings of the proclamation. In the mid-20th century, community celebrations gave way to more private commemorations. A re-emergence of public observance helped Juneteenth become a state holiday in 1979. Initially observed in Texas, this landmark event's legacy is evident today by worldwide commemorations that celebrate freedom and the triumph of the human spirit.
Erected 2014 by Texas Historical Commission.
Location. 29° 18.438′ N, 94° 47.601′ W. Marker is in Galveston, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker is at the intersection of Strand Street and 22nd Street, on the right when traveling east on Strand Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Strand Street, Galveston TX 77550, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Strand (a few steps from this marker); The First National Bank of Galveston (within shouting distance of this marker); Trueheart-Adriance Building (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); Old Galveston Square The Stewart Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Mallory-Produce Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Samson Heidenheimer Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central Wharf (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Galveston.
More about this marker. The marker was placed in the ground on June 19, 2014. The marker dedication ceremony was on June 21, 2014.
Regarding Juneteenth. Juneteenth celebrates the evolution of the country to a more perfect union. We all should celebrate freedom and what this meant for America. There are other Emancipation Day celebrations in America, but each of those celebrated emancipation while there were still slaves in other areas in the country. When the announcement about the end of slavery was made in Texas on June 19, 1865 it represented the last state (Texas) and territory in the U.S. with enslaved people finally freeing those enslaved men, women and children.
Also see . . .
1. Houston Chronicle Juneteenth Marker article. (Submitted on September 19, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
2. 1998 article about possible marker location at 22nd and Strand. (Submitted on September 19, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
3. Andy Hall blog about Juneteenth Marker program (Submitted on September 19, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
4. Juneteenth History blog by Andy Hall. (Submitted on September 20, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
5. PBS Special Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence. Click the link and fast forward to minute 21 to see the segment on Juneteenth. (Submitted on September 28, 2014, by Samuel Collins III of Hitchcock, Texas.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights • War, US Civil •
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