Members of Cleveland Play House’s Staff share with you the story, struggle and triumph of Juneteenth.
As the nation approached its third year of The Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. The proclamation declared "that all persons held as slaves...are, and henceforward shall be free."
However, news traveled much slower during those times. It wasn't until June 19, 1865 that -- 30 months later -- that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war was over and that all enslaved peoples in the US were now free.
This little known fact is not simply Black History. This is American History.
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