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In Galveston…

It was 158 years ago today that General Gordon Granger of the United States Army read it to the people of Galveston, Texas.

General Orders No. 3 from the Headquarters District of Texas began:

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…

General Orders no. 3

It wasn’t entirely true then.

It isn’t entirely true now.

But it’s something to work towards.

Happy Juneteenth, all.

Cite/link to this post: Judy G. Russell, “Happy Juneteenth!,” The Legal Genealogist ( : posted 19 June 2023).

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