General Order No. 3, issued by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, June 19, 1865. The order was written in a volume beginning on one page and continuing to the next. Image courtesy of National Archives.
On June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln's historic Emancipation Proclamation, U.S. Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3, which informed the people of Texas that all enslaved people were now free. Granger commanded the Headquarters District of Texas, and his troops had arrived in Galveston the previous day.
This day has come to be known as Juneteenth, a combination of June and 19th. It is also called Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, and it is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States.
Juneteenth is celebrated throughout Texas. Lubbock celebrations include:
Thursday, June 16
Mr. & Mrs. Juneteenth Pageant
Juneteenth kick-off event at Grand Central Venue.
Saturday, June 18
Juneteenth RISE UP 2022 Celebration
A day filled with events, including a parade, health screenings, live music and fireworks.
Saturday, June 25