Juneteenth honors the message of freedom for all humanity

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An early Juneteenth celebration in the year 1900.

“The hearing of these wild notes always depressed my spirit, and filled me with ineffable sadness,” Douglass explained. “If anyone wishes to be impressed with the soul-killing effects of slavery, let him go to Colonel Lloyd’s plantation, and, on allowance-day, place himself in the deep pine woods, and there let him, in silence, analyze the sounds that shall pass through the chambers of his soul.”

Slave owners manifested their control of human property by giving slaves only the bare minimum to survive. A monthly allowance of corn, pickled pork and herrings was given to the slaves, just enough to keep the workers alive. It was the White man’s weapon of control.

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves.”

The freed residents of Galveston, Texas soon began an annual celebration to commemorate June 19, known as Juneteenth. It was the slave man’s Independence Day with all the familiar celebrations including church picnics and barbecues.

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