Juneteenth

By Shirley Hailstock



Today is June 19th, Juneteeth. It's a word that had suddenly been brought to the forefront of American's consciousness. If you don't know, the 19th of June 1865 is the day that slavery actually ended in the United States. Word did not reach Texas for two years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

With so much unrest going on right now, and because this is a serious subject, I'm going to leave it as a definition and hope that not only will the word sink into our memories, but what it means.




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  1. A stunning graphic. Thank you for telling me about Juneteenth, Shirley. Knowing will cast a different light on my day today. And yes, keep reading....and learning.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. So many of us weren't aware, or were aware only in the backs of our minds. I really love the idea of it becoming a national holiday, too.

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  3. I love the graphic you shared, Shirley. I have a Canva Pro account and discovered this morning, while searching for a graphic to share, that there wasn't anything remotely related to the holiday. I promptly emailed Canva. This year Juneteenth is on my radar for the (sadly) first time. After dinner last night, I explained (in my long winded, detailed way) what the holiday was to my children. Storytelling at its finest:-)

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    1. I am so glad to hear you had a conversation with your kids. Juneteeth isn't an official holiday, yet. I have faith that it will be. There are a lot of different graphics. I use Depositphotos and Pixabay.

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    2. I will check out the other places for graphics. After hunting, I realized there was a different way to search on Canva and voila!

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  4. As I'm reading this, I'm hearing a news broadcast about making it a national holiday. It's hard to imagine it took two years to get the news to Texas, when now someone with a cell phone can be heard around the world instantly. Thanks for sharing, Shirley!

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    1. Beth, they didn't want it known. A Union officer had to threatened the slave owners to let the slaves know they were free.

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    2. I didn't realize that. Thank you for telling me.

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