Slaves in Texas didn't learn of the Civil War's end and the announcement of their freedom until nearly two-and-a-half years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation became official. It took until June 19, 1865, for Major General Gordon Granger's Union soldiers to land in Galveston and begin spreading the word. And now, nearly 139 years since that first Juneteenth and its accompanying celebration,... More >>>