“Juneteenth,” the day that former slaves in Texas learned of their emancipation has always been a holiday in that state, but not so much in the rest of the country. From the Jacksonville (Texas) Progress:
Juneteenth, traditionally celebrated on June 19, is the name given to emancipation day by African-Americans in Texas. On June 19, 1865 Union Major-General Gordon Granger issued a statement of General Orders No.3 to the people of Galveston. It read:”The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” (emphasis mine)
Interesting that back in the day, freedom was not as hard a sell as it seems to be today, when so many seem eager to seek the shackles of government dependency. I can only hope and pray that people will realize what a mistake that is.