Juneteenth at UB
The University of Baltimore honors Juneteenth—the day of commemoration of the final ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers informed the people of Galveston, Texas, that the Civil War was over and all enslaved people were freed. While President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation more than two years prior—on Jan. 1, 1863—the order to free slaves did not carry weight in Texas due to the lack of troops to enforce it. But the Confederacy's surrender in Virginia, beginning with a ceasefire agreement on April 9, 1865, prompted Texas rebels to begin to disperse, allowing the proclamation to settle and assume the force of law.
UBalt recognizes Juneteenth as a day of true emancipation and the beginning of a new era of freedom—an era that continues today in the struggle for justice and equality.
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