The nineteenth of June is celebrated as the holiday Juneteenth, Emancipation Day or Freedom Day in commemoration of African Americans in Texas receiving word of their freedom. Slaves in Texas received word of freedom two and one half years after the official Emancipation Proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln. Major General Gordon Granger with Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865 proclaiming the news of freedom.
Emancipation Day in Richmond, Virginia, 1905
Juneteenth Statues In Austin, Texas
Freedwomans Face – Sculputure – Adrienne Isom, of Austin, completed several of the Juneteenth statues that grace the George Washington Carver Museum Grounds in Austin, Texas. Her pieces illuminate the beauty that is freedom! Isom has twice received a Texas Legislative Commendation for her work and she is dedicated to preserving African American history through her sculpture work.