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Juneteenth: a time to reflect on where we came from

June 11, 2012
By DIANE R. CHODAN - OBSERVER Staff Writer , The OBSERVER

"Juneteenth" is a combination of June and nineteenth. It was June 19, 1865 when federal forces led by Major Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to proclaim that the Civil War was over and that the slaves were now free. On Sept. 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issued a preliminary emancipation stating that slaves would be freed in any of the Confederate States of America that did not return to the Union by Jan. 1, 1863. None of the states returned and on Jan. 1, 1863, the slaves were technically free.

 
 

 

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