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Emancipation Day - June 19

It is one of the saddest facts in our nationís history that before the Civil War, many people in Africa were kidnaped and sold into slavery in the New World. They were forced to work and had little or no rights, or freedom. Fortunately, many Americans recognized that slavery was wrong. In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln declared that slaves in the southern states should be freed.

This was in the middle of the Civil War. It was not until two and a half years later, on June 19, 1865, that General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and told African Americans in Texas that they were free. It became traditional for Black people in Texas to celebrate their emancipation on June 19th. In 1938, Texas state government made that day an official state holiday, recognizing that African American Texans had assumed an important role in shaping the culture, economy, and government of our state.

Veterans Day

Emancipation Day

Presidents Day

Memorial Day

Texas Independence Day

San Jacinto Day

Cinco De Mayo