Union Soldiers Emancipation

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1906, 2024

Historic Legacy of Juneteenth: America’s 2nd Independence Day

Today we are unfolding A historic event known as “Freedom’s Eve”. Enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and homes across the United States, holding their breath for the dawn of a new era. At midnight, the Emancipation Proclamation came into effect, declaring all enslaved people in Confederate states legally free. This moment marked a monumental shift in the fight for freedom and justice. Despite the proclamation, not all enslaved people were immediately freed. In Texas, the news of emancipation didn't arrive until June 19, 1865, when Union troops, led by General Gordon Granger, reached Galveston Bay. They announced [...]

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