In the canons of Blacks history in this country is the day Juneteenth. When I hear the word “Juneteenth” I immediately think of Black folks in Texas. The slaves in Texas were late receiving their freedom by 2 years. On June 19, 1865 , Union General Gordon Granger with 2,000 soldiers, read “General Order No. 3” from the balcony of the Aston Villa in Galveston Island, TX.
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, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.
Former slaves danced in the street of Galveston in celebration of their freedom. Abraham Lincoln emancipation proclamation freeing slaves was to be effective as of January 1, 1863 but it was not honored by southern states until after the civil war.