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On June 18th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston to occupy Texas. The next day, he announced from the balcony of the Ashton Villa that the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was finally in force in Texas. So it was not until the war was over that hundreds of thousands of Texas slaves were free. Celebrations broke out at once, and this was how Juneteenth began. Come and celebrate Juneteenth with us this Saturday, June 19th, at the Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center to see exhibits of Emancipation, Underground Railroad, Jim Crow, and more as well as a showing of Black Panther at 1:00 PM.

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