JUNETEENTH is the oldest known  celebration of the Emancipation of African-Americans from   slavery.It has become significantly more. It is celebrated in June, the month that the last African   Americans were informed of their Emancipation. On September 22, 1862, during the Civil War   (1861-1865),and at the insistence of Frederick Douglass, President Abraham Lincoln issued   the  Emancipation Proclamation.
 The Proclamation took effect on January 1, 1863. This is the true origin of watch night. 
 The Civil War ended in April of 1865. Following the end of the War, US Government officials were   dispatched to order southern states to comply with the Emancipation Proclamation. The states of   Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas were not a direct part of the Confederacy. They therefore did not   comply to the mandate. Thus slavery processed until the end of the war.
 It was not until June that a contingency of Buffalo Soldiers headed by Col. Gordon Granger arrived   in Texas on June 19, 1865. 
 Col. Gordon Granger, representing the United States government, arrived in Galveston Texas and   issued General Order #3 from the President of the United States. The order declared that all   slaves  were free.
 Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. What began as a Texas   holiday  to celebrate Emancipation, became a holiday celebrated throughout the U.S. 
 Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and   achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas a month, marked with celebrations, guest   speakers, barbeques, and family gatherings. It is a time for reflecting and rejoicing. It is a time   for  assessment, self-improvement, and for planning the future. Juneteenth has come to   symbolize  for many African Americans what the 4th of July symbolizes for all Americans:   FREEDOM.
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