Juneteenth: A perfect day to cheer Black success

That joyous day arrived on June 19, 1865. Having vanquished the Confederacy that April, victorious Union Army soldiers arrived at Galveston, Texas. They encountered that final group of slaves who had yet to learn that the South had fallen. 

More important, the men in blue uniforms read General Order No. 3 to people who, until then, were private property: “All slaves are free.” Henceforth, these Black men, women, and children belonged to themselves, not others.

JUNETEENTH: WHAT IS IT AND WHY DO WE CELEBRATE IT?

Republican-led Reconstruction efforts initially offered Blacks much hope. Some former slaves represented the South in Congress.

FILE - In this June 19, 2020, file photo fireworks explode during Juneteenth celebrations above the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Manhattan skyline is seen in the background. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

FILE – In this June 19, 2020, file photo fireworks explode during Juneteenth celebrations above the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The Manhattan skyline is seen in the background. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

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