On April 9, 1865, Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, effectively ending the Civil War.
But it wasn't until nearly two months later--on June 19--that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, to officially free the first enslaved African-Americans. The Emancipation Proclamation, which President Lincoln had issued on Jan. 1, 1863, was finally in full effect.
One hundred fifty-six years later, the annual celebration--sometimes called Juneteenth or Emancipation Day or Liberation Day--still marks that day that "with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free."
On Saturday, June 19, The Juneteenth Jubilee--held in MLK Jr. Park (1738 East Center St.)--will feature food, entertainment (including music by Lasonya Natividad and the Soul Train, Jae Havoc, Ryan the Artisan), and more.
The event runs from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and will also feature speakers and roundtable discussions from Barbershop Talk.