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The enslaved weren’t freed when the Declaration of Independence was signed. They weren’t freed when President Abraham Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation. It wasn’t until Gen. Gordon Granger arrived with 1,500 Union troops in Galveston, Texas — a little over two months after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox — and issued General Order #3 on June 19, 1865 that African Americans, who had until then been considered property, were officially free human beings. Enslaved persons were not formally educated and therefore didn’t speak “standard English” in the 1860s, so instead of saying June 19th or the 19th of June, they used the term “Juneteenth” to commemorate their emancipation.

Forest Park will recognize its 10th annual Juneteenth Pool Party at 6:30 p.m. on…

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