Posts Tagged ‘Juneteenth’

Photo of Lexington Kentucky slave trading. Possibly 1862.

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Last Slave

Happy Juneteenth Day! On this day, slavery in Texas was abolished. It’s been celebrated since 1866.

Peter Mills, October 26, 1861 to September 22, 1972, last known survivor of slavery.

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Jubilee Day

AKA Juneteenth and several other names is June 19th, the celebration of slaves’ freedom during the Civil War. It has become a major holiday. The Works Progress Administration interviewed 2000 former slaves from 1936 to 1938 for the WPA Slave Narrative Collection. The interviews are available online. Photographs and oral interviews were made, though they are not all available online. I urge you to read about the slaves’ lives. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Narrative_Collection


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June 19 is Juneteenth, originally the announced date of the freedom of Texas slaves in 1865, but it is now celebrated nationwide. (if my memory is correct, December 31, 1865 is the date for Kentucky slaves) As slaves did not receive freedom on July 4th, 1776, many African-Americans consider Juneteenth as Independence Day.

I added some 1930’s WPA photos of former slaves. These would have been the original people to celebrate Juneteenth. I used to avoid photos of ex-slaves as too painful, but their lives were just as important as anyone else’s. I have started a Pinterest board exploring the horrors of slavery: https://www.pinterest.com/chucksuddeth/run-from-the-devil/

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