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Juneteenth in Virginia

Celebrate Juneteenth in Virginia. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  

In 1865 slavery was common practice in Texas even though President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclomation had been in effect since January 1, 1863. On June 19, 1865 Union General Gordon Granger and his 2,000 troops released Galveston, TX slaves into freedom - some of the last slaves to realize their destiny.

A range of activities were provided to entertain the masses, many of which continue in tradition today.

The Gilmore Cabin and Freedmans Farm at James Madisons Montpelier

Last Updated: 1/21/2020

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