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Juneteenth

Emancipation Day celebration - 1900-06-19
Emancipation Day celebration - June 19, 1900
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
Emancipation Day in Richmond, Virginia, 1905

 

Juneteenth Statues In Austin, Texas

Freedwomans Face - Sculputure - Adrienne Rison Isom - Juneteen Memorial Monument - Austin
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.
Freedwoman - Juneteenth Memorial Monument - Austin Texas - Adrienne Rison Isom
Freedwoman - Juneteenth Memorial Monument - Austin Texas - Adrienne Rison Isom
Juneteenth Memorial Monument - Freedwomans Hand Sculpture - Austin Texas - Adrienne Rison Isom
Juneteenth Memorial Monument - Freedwomans Hand Sculpture - Austin Texas - Adrienne Rison Isom
Preacher by Eddie Dixon at the Juneteenth Memorial Monument in Austin Texas
Preacher by Eddie Dixon at the Juneteenth Memorial Monument in Austin Texas

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