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June 19, 2013
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Drive
Allen, TX 75013

When Peace Come': The Significance of Juneteenth

Wednesday, June 19

On June 19, 1865—over two months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee General surrendered at Appomattox, Virginia—Union Brigadier General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 in Galveston, TX: 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. In honor of this significant historical event, Dr. Shennette Garrett-Scott will trace the history of Juneteenth events from the late nineteenth century freedmen colonys’ and settlements’ celebrations to the present community events.