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Researching Enslaved Ancestors

Observe Juneteenth by Remembering Slave Ancestors
Posted by Diane Haddad to Genealogy Insider

"Happy Juneteenth—the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. On that day, Union Gen. Gordon Granger stood on a balcony in Galveston and read General Order No. 3, informing the people of Texas that slaves there were freed.

"From the beginning, Texas freedmen marked Emancipation Day—now known as Juneteenth—with festivals and remembrances of enslaved ancestors. Observances declined during the early 20th century, but have seen a resurgence since the Civil Rights movement. Juneteenth became an official state holiday in Texas in 1980; 41 other states and Washington DC have designated it a holiday or a day of observance."



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