June 18, 2018
Children’s laughter and the crack of a baseball bat permeate the air as picnickers fill their bellies with BBQ and Big Red soda. Flags are raised as cheers of independence remind people the day their freedom was declared. Yet, this is not the 4th of July, and the celebration is not about the Declaration of Independence. However, it is just as important.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger walked onto the balcony of Ashton Villa on Galveston Island, Texas, to deliver General Order No. 3 to the people. He looked out among the faces in the crowd and cleared his throat. With a loud voice, he proclaimed:
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” READ MORE...
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