Juneteenth, otherwise know as June 19th or Emancipation Day, is the oldest known celebration of the end of slavery. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all slaves were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on Texans due to the limited number of Union troops available to enforce the proclamation. With the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger's regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance.
There will be a free Juneteenth celebration on Sunday, June 19th beginning at 4:00 p.m at Comiskey Park. Please follow this link for more information: http://www.cityofdubuque.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1578
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