WBLS Celebrates Juneteenth – FREEDOM DAY

Juneteenth image with fist

Juneteenth image


Today We Celebrate 155 Years of Freedom!

Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, recognizes June 19, 1865 and the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation in the state of Texas, more than two years after it was issued. It also acknowledges the enforcement of 13th Amendment, which declared of the abolition of slavery in the U.S.

This second Independence Day is observed as a state or ceremonial holiday, now, in 49 of the United States.



Text of the Emancipation Proclamation

Emancipation Proclamation
(Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty images)

Portrait of Civil War ‘contrabands,’ fugitive slaves who were emancipated upon reaching the North, sitting outside a house, possible in Freedman’s Village in Arlington, Virginia, mid 1860s. Up to 1100 former slaves at a time were housed in the government established Freedman’s Village in the thirty years in which it served as a temporary shelter for runaway and liberated slaves. 

Free Slaves
(Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

As slaves were freed after the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States government established “Freedmen’s Villages” to house, clothe, and educate freed slaves. Ca. 1863-1865

Freed Slaves 2
(Photo by © CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

Cartoon of Slave Owner and Former Slave from Harper’s Magazine. Read carefully.

Cartoon of Slave Owner with a Former Slave
(Photo by Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

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