Posted by ESC on June 18, 2005
JUNETEENTH -- "Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. From its Galveston, Texas origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond." http://www.juneteenth.com/%20Accessed%20June%2019, 2003.
"What is Juneteenth? -- Juneteenth, or June 19, 1865, is considered the date when the last slaves in America were freed. Although the rumors of freedom were widespread prior to this, actual emancipation did not come until General Gordon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas and issued General Order No. 3, on June 19, almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation." http://hosting.xigroup.com/juneteenth/info.html%20Accessed%20June%2019, 2003.