On June 19, 1865, at Galveston, Texas, General Gordon Granger of the Union Army announced that the Civil War had ended and all slaves in the former Confederate states were now free. This was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In 1979, Juneteenth was made and official state holiday in Texas.
This inspiring documentary captures the spirit of the Juneteenth experience and explains the origin and evolution of this important date in Texas history. History experts relate personal recollections of Juneteenth and provide insightful perspective about the significance of a day that is often misunderstood and often overlooked. The film premiered on HoustonPBS in June 2009.
Produced by Sunset Productions
Director of Photography: Mark Susman
Editor: Mike Snow
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