During the third week of June, celebrations will begin in Texas and all over the world in commemoration of June 19 – commonly referred to as “Juneteenth.”
An examination of the significance of these celebrations extends beyond the borders of time and place. The observances are designed to celebrate the end of slavery in Texas.
Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to an official announcement in 1865, actual emancipation did not come to Texas until Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order No. 3 on June 19, almost two and one half years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.