Juneteenth, it’s a funny name for a holiday, celebrating a day in June of 1865 when the institution of slavery was declared to be officially illegal in the remotest parts of the Confederate South after the bloody civil war. The war was over, and the final decommissioning of Human bondage without cause here in the United States, which should never have been necessary, took place in a historically interesting way.

Union Major General Gordan Granger with  2,000 federal troops ended slavery in Texas by proclamation of General Order 3. He had a job to do, and he was following orders. His mission was to ensure a peaceful transition. He and his men marched through Galveston reading the official decree out loud.

The announcement reads as follows: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

“…an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property….”

Thus was the moral, the ethical, the absolutely essential and inevitable reaffirmed and declared. Yet, some black-hearted obstructionist, even to this day, find reason to argue and to equivocate about the enforcement of this sacred law.

June nineteenth will come again in 364 days, and on that day, let’s all come together and share in a grand and glorious Jubilee.