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Tomorrow at the Van Campen Inn. TODAY is Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the US.
June 19, 1865 was the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas, and the emancipation of enslaved Blacks throughout the former Confederacy. That day, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, TX with news the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were now free. It marked the moment emancipation finally reached the deepest parts of the slave-holding south.
“Juneteenth” is short for “June Nineteenth.” Today, 45 of the 50 states & the District of Columbia recognize Juneteenth; and Galveston, TX has become a destination to celebrate the freedom of all slaves. Typical celebrations include lectures, parades and BBQs with readings of the Emancipation Proclamation & singing of slave spirituals.
This Freedom Quilt was created by Jessie B. Telfair in 1983. It is now in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan.
Photo credit: Gavin Ashworth
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Tomorrow at the Van Campen Inn.
TODAY is Juneteenth or Freedom Day, commemorating the end of slavery in the US.
The latest from the Sussex County History Alliance’s Facebook page…