- 1. Slavery was proclaimed abolished by the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862 and put in effect January 1st in 1863.
- 2. People (slaves) in Texas had no idea about this. Being such a huge state and living during the unfortunate times when the information age hadn't been invented, we can understand the delay in knowledge and being out of the loop with politics, human rights, equality, women's health care...
- 3.During that time slavery was occurred more in East Texas, it was not as common in the Western areas of Texas, particularly the Hill Country, where most German-Americans were opposed to the practice. The Emancipation meant much of nothing to Texas slaves because they were held under the control of the Confederation.
- 4. The announcement was made in Galveston, Texas by Union General, Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865.
- 5. Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. Legend has it while standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of “General Order No. 3
I'm just so happy my home state of Texas finally received the invitation to move into the free world and let their slaves free so we were able to educate ourselves and become productive individuals.
No longer are we fined, punished or thrown in jail for teaching people of color to read. More specifically, teaching slaves to read. The general fear was if you taught slaves how to write they might, you know, think about their lot in life. They may not be happy about it. They just might educate themselves. And then the nightmare would begin: they might educate others
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