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Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate—free replay of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins now available for limited time


The recording of today's webinar by Sharon Batiste Gillins, "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate” is now available to view at for free for a limited time.

Webinar Description

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

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If you could not make it to the live event or just want to watch it again, the 1 hour 15 minute recording of "Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate" is now available to view in our webinar library for free for a limited time.

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