Celebrating liberty! - A Christian Science perspective from The Christian Science Monitor

In honor of Juneteenth Independence Day 

On June 19, 1865, the Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended. Gen. Gordon Granger’s first order of business was to read to the people of Texas, who were still not in compliance with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863, General Order Number 3, which read, “The People of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” Historians report that this was met with responses ranging from pure shock to instant celebration. And though the new freed men and women settled in sometimes far-ranging places, they would remember affectionately “Juneteenth” with happy festivities and prayer services. Read more

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