Just in case you were not aware, today is a Federal holiday. June 19, better known as Juneteenth, celebrates the end of slavery in America on June 19, 1865. Though it is the longest-running African American holiday in the nation, it didn't become a Federal holiday until June 17, 2021, when President Joe Biden signed the Bill into law.

As with most Federal holidays there is a good chance that most banks, City and County offiices are closed. In addition, the U.S. Postal Service may also be delayed by one day. If you are expecting something important, you may want to check with your city website for more information. Speaking of which...

Galveston Daily News
Galveston Daily News

Marking an end to a bloody Civil War, General Gordon Granger and Union Soldiers marched into Galveston,Texas to announce that enslaved African and African American men and women as children were free. Ironically, these people had no idea slavery had already been abolished two years prior.

January 1, 1863, President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation declaring "that all persons held as slaves" within the rebellious states "are, and henceforward shall be free." General Granger read - General Order #3 to the citizens of Galveston:

Enjoy your day!

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Keep reading to find out individual state records in alphabetical order.

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