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JUNETEENTH is the oldest celebration commemorating the ending slavery in United States.
Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.
The announcement came two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Thompson Place celebrates this occasion each year with good food, great entertainment all for FREE!