On June 19, 1865, Union Army Major General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War had ended and those who had been enslaved were now free. This was 2 ½ years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation went into effect and several months after the end of the war.
Reactions to the news ranged from shock to great joy, and Juneteenth (June 19th) became a day of celebration in the black community.
In honor of Juneteenth, we plan to show our support for the African-American community by standing in front of the church with signs. We hope to have people there from 5:00-6:30 PM, and you’re welcome to come for all or part of the time.
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