Monday is Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery in the United States

In this photo taken May 29, 2017, the Texas African American History Memorial stands on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — African Americans across the country will gather today to celebrate the end of slavery in the United States.

It was on June 19, 1865 when Union troops finally arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the Civil War was over. Along with that news came the word that all remaining slaves in Texas were free, an event celebrated to this day as “Juneteenth.”

This even came more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s issued his Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, an order that freed all slaves in the United States.

Texas did not follow the order until Union General Gordon Granger read the famed General Order Number 3. It stated:

“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.”

The date is now celebrated across the south, and there are calls every year to have Juneteenth recognized as a national holiday. Ohio is one of 45 states that recognize the day as either a state holiday or a ceremonial holiday. Only Hawaii, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota and South Dakota do not recognize the day of observance.

You can learn more about Juneteenth here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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