Thursday, June 19, 2008

Today is Juneteenth

Among the African American community today is celebrated as the end of slavery in the United States of America. Congress outlawed the importation of slaves in 1808, but the slave trade continued till 1821 when the death penalty was enacted for anyone caught importing slaves. While the Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in the confereate states, Texas did nor do so until 19 June 1865. See the Wikipedia entry: