On #ThisDayinHistory, 1865, two months after the surrender of confederate general Robert E. Lee, Union General Gordon Granger and approximately 1,800 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and enforce the emancipation proclamation #AceHistoryDesk reports

#AceHistoryNews – June.19: Granger read orders which declared in part: “the people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8814: #Juneteenth (short for “june nineteenth”) is a holiday commemorating this day, which marked the effective end of slavery in the United States: …………………I’ve always thought that one of the biggest misunderstandings of American history is the emancipation proclamation……………..It wasn’t the end all be all slave freeing moment it’s often thought of as. First, it didn’t actually free slaves in union states where it was still legal – the 13th amendment would do that later – and it didn’t effect the slaves in the Confederacy until after their areas were occupied by federal troops…………June 19th (Juneteenth) is a day that many black Americans consider their Independence Day, as on that day in 1865, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and proclaimed that: “In accordance with a proclamation by the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free…”. With that, the formerly enslaved blacks in Galveston began a celebration that spread from the Texas coast to other communities across the reunited nation……………..Freedom obviously didn’t mean equality, but in 1865 there were no 24/7 breaking news stations, no twitter feeds giving you instant updates, no Facebook live stream of announcements………………..It literally took days, if not weeks or months, for news to get anywhere of significant distance. So as General Granger stepped out onto the balcony of a villa in Galveston, he was the breaking news that mattered more to the blacks of Texas than hearing of Lee’s surrender which had occurred months before.

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/8816: I need to tip my hat to my friend in New York, he’s a black man that is teaching me more about his culture and community than any class I’ve ever paid money to take. I’ll be honest, the diversity of my area is white/Latino/Asian, I literally only had two black kids in high school, and I was dumb enough to think that we all had the same history. I’m not a white apology guy, far from it, but I also don’t believe you can/should only study a certain history area for one month each year……………My friend in New York is almost the opposite of me, he’s black, he lives in a massive city, but we are close in age, and we both love music and history. These were the doors we opened to communicate more, to find a shared interest, and to start talking. America’s cultures aren’t as different as some want us to believe, we’re just humans #History #USHistory #CivilWar #EmancipationProclamation #OTD #AceHistoryNews

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