DARC Ethiophile Chronicles
On this day
June 19, 1865 the inaugural Juneteenth was established.
Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued in 1863, slavery continued in Texas until June 19, 1865, when word reached Galveston, Texas that all slaves in Texas were free. One third of the people in Texas were slaves at that time. Juneteenth was celebrated annually with picnics and barbecues at public emancipation grounds, some of which are used to this day. Juneteenth became a legal state holiday in 1980.
DARC wishes all and all an upfull Juneteenth 2014.