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  • What is Juneteenth?

    6/14/2022 3:49:37 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    On June 17 of last year, President Biden signed legislation making Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday.

    The signing followed George Floyd’s May 2020 murder and an often-painful national focus on issues surrounding race in America. It was during this time that Juneteenth earned an unprecedented recent focus.

    Yet many Americans are unaware of the events the holiday commemorates and of its incalculable significance to Black Americans.

    Fortunately, there are many ways to learn more about Juneteenth and its central place in U.S. history through travel to sites from the East Coast and to Western states.

    What is Juneteenth?

    President Abraham Lincoln’s 1862 Emancipation Proclamation declared that as of January 1, 1863 “all persons held as slaves” in Confederate states during the U.S. Civil War “are and henceforward shall be free.

    But the executive order went largely unenforced in Southern states. Geographically isolated from Union military forces, Texas became a refuge for slaveholders who circumvented the order and concealed the war’s end and the Emancipation Proclamation from 250,000 enslaved people.

    As war raged, Union troops did not enforce the Proclamation in many southern states until January of 1863. A full two years later, the last battle ended with General Edmund Kirby’s June 2, 1865 defeat in Galveston, Texas. Kirby’s surrender came eight weeks after Robert E. Lee’s at Appomattox, Va.

    The U.S. finally took action on June 19. Leading 2,000 troops, Gen. Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3,” at several Galveston locations, including the “Negro Church on Broadway,” as Reedy Chapel-AME Church was then known.

    Reedy Chapel AMC Church, Galveston Texas

    Granger announced that all enslaved people were free and the Civil War had ended. African Americans rejoiced in the streets following the announcement.

    Granger’s troops later reprinted and circulated General Order No. 3 across Texas' Gulf Coast and across its eastern region, where 40 percent African Americans were located by the war’s end.

    “Jubilee Day” and Juneteenth
    A year after the announcement, Black Galveston residents organized Texas’ first official emancipation celebration, which they called “Jubilee Day.” The organizers also used the events to inform their fellow Black citizens of their voting rights and guidelines. By 1872, the holiday was known as “Emancipation Day” and “Juneteenth.”

    While it originated in Texas, sites tied to Juneteenth history range across the U.S., from the east coast to western states.

    Make Plans Now

    To join our 2023 Juneteenth Celebration as we Journey Along the Civil Rights Trail and Walk In The Footsteps Of Giants. Saturday, June 17, 2023 for 9 days/8 nights. Includes 14 meals, Accommodations, Expert Travel Director, and Professional Driver. With visits to Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia.

    Travel to the American South and immerse yourself in its music, art, food and stories, while meeting locals, exploring the sights and hearing moving first-hand stories from the Civil Rights Movement. Meet activists, visit museums, devour delicious cuisine and pay your respects on this vibrant cultural journey.

    For more information visit https://bit.ly/3O6Xkgs or call Tyus Tours & Travel at 866-547-5362.

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