Depicting the business of slavery
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, and issued General Orders, Number 3, which proclaimed that all slaves in the state were free, and that there now existed "an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves." While the Emancipation Proclamation had technically ended slavery in Confederate states more than two years earlier, the arrival of Granger's army finally made freedom a reality for many enslaved men and women. In the years that followed, growing numbers of black Texans set aside June 19th as a day to celebrate emancipation. Their celebrations created the foundation for Juneteenth, which has grown from a local holiday in Texas to one of the United States's most popular holidays celebrating the end of slavery.
Jordan Grant is a New Media Assistant working with the American Enterprise exhibition.