Union soldier reads the Emancipation Proclamation to a room of slaves
“I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated States, and parts of States, are, and henceforward shall be free;”
When President Abraham Lincoln set his hand to these words on New Year’s Day 1863 he forever altered the fabric of American life. Signing of the Emancipation Proclamation was the lead story in national and local newspapers all over America. However, it would be June 19, 1865 more than two years, before the slaves in Galveston, Texas learned about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Join us as we commemorate June 19, 1865 the day our enslaved ancestors in Galveston, Texas received word of their freedom. Our Juneteenth celebration is a time to reflect on what Chaplain Allen Allensworth and the other families were able to accomplish.
Come enjoy the live entertainment on stage. Watch the video presentation “Allensworth: A Piece of the World” in the visitor center. Go shopping in the vendor area, and tour the historic homes and businesses.
When: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Time: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
Cost: $6.00 per car
For more information or to request a vendor application contact Friends of Allensworth President Thomas Stratton at 855-645-1255 or email@example.com.
Stephen Hill, Sr.