Gov. Ned Lamont has issued a proclamation declaring June 19, 2021 to be Juneteenth Day in Connecticut. “Juneteenth is an important day in our nation. When, on June 19, 1865, Union Army General Gordon Granger declared that every Black man, woman, and child was free by reading General Order No. 3 in the recently liberated Texas, it meant that the…
After the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, slaves in Texas were not told they were free. Things didn’t change until 1865 when troops arrived to ensure that. “You can in fact be free, but if you don’t recognize it, you’re going to live like an enslaved person,” Emory University professor Andra Gillespie says about the history of Juneteenth.