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June 15th, 2009
Juneteenth celebrations returning to San Marcos

STAFF REPORT

The annual San Marcos Juneteenth celebration will return from June 19-21.

Juneteenth celebrates the day Union General Gordon Granger, along with 2,000 federal troops, entered Galveston, TX. Standing on the balcony of Galveston’s historic Ashton Villa mansion in 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Granger read the contents of General Order Number 3, which stated:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its origin in Galveston 114 years ago, Juneteenth spread across the nation and beyond.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate a holiday that finds its origin deeply rooted in Texas history,” said San Marcos Place 4 City Councilman Chris Jones, an organizer of the event.

Planned events include a barbecue and cobbler cook-offs, games for all ages, a parade, car and talent shows and a history banquet.

A full listing of events, times, locations and registration forms are available at the San Marcos Juneteenth website. For more information, contact Jones at (512) 826-9468.

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