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Rockwall annual Juneteenth event celebrates end of slavery

ROCKWALL – The public is invited to the 12th annual Rockwall Juneteenth Celebration sponsored by the Rockwall Southside Coalition and Inspiring New Hero’s Foundation, June 18, from Noon to 5 pm, at Gloria Williams Park, 801 Davey Crockett, Rockwall 75087.

Food, festivities, music and more are planned, according to organizer Shawn Gary, who is president of the Dallas Black Firefighter’s Association.

Juneteenth is the oldest-known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation had become official Jan. 1, 1863. It had little impact on the Texans due to a lack of Union troops available to enforce the new Executive order. With the surrender of General Lee in April, 1865, and the arrival of Gen. Granger’s regiment, the forces were strong enough to overcome the resistance.

For information, contact Gary at 214-428-1859.

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