News tagged with "juneteenth"

2018-06-29

Juneteenth and SLAC

On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger announced the abolition of slavery in Texas. It was two and a half years after Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had come into effect across the Confederated States of America, but this day – “Juneteenth” – became a national symbol for the ending of slavery in the U.S.