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Juneteenth - Freedom Day

Message from State Superintendent Dr. Carmen Ayala

As you may know, Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement that all enslaved people were free — more than two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and three months after Confederate General Robert E. Lee surrendered. The announcement was finally shared in General Order Number 3, read publicly by Union soldiers upon their arrival in Galveston, Texas. Accounts vary as to why exactly the announcement took so long to reach Texas, but most theories include people in power striving to preserve the status quo of oppression for as long as possible. (You can learn about the history and significance of the Juneteenth holiday here.)

Post taken from Dr. Carmen Ayala, ISBE Superintendent