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Portrait of Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, who arrived with Union troops in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, about two months after the end of the Civil War. Upon his arrival, Gen. Granger read General Order No. 3: "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States [President Lincoln], all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves..." As a result, an estimated 250,000 enslaved African Americans in Texas were finally freed. The day is now celebrated as Juneteenth to commemorate Emancipation and to recognize the struggle for freedom and equality of African Americans. (Photo credit: courtesy Library of Congress)

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