On June 19, 1865, Union (North, Yankees, blues) General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to take possession of the state and enforce President Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation of it slaves. While standing on the balcony Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3”
“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.”
And there was much rejoicing.
Juneteenth is celebrated with a large feast served as an all day meal in a park or outdoors by descendants of slaves.
I guess the irony is that Juneteenth has been celebrated for over 200 years, yet you never heard about it before until now.