Juneteenth: Freedom comes to Texas
By media release
Jun 19, 2024
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On June 19, 1865, Union troops in Texas, based out of Galveston, began to enforce the end of slavery following the Civil War. Approximately 250,000 enslaved Black Texans had new legal status, which was further codified when the 13th Amendment was ratified later in the year.

African-American band at Emancipation Day celebration, June 19, 1900, held in "East Woods" on East 24th Street in Austin via The Portal to Texas History

Several state historic sites will host Juneteenth celebrations to commemorate the historic announcement of emancipation and the end of slavery in Texas: