Ten Myths About Juneteenth

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Kelly Macquire
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published on 19 June 2023

Juneteenth is an annual event celebrating the end of chattel slavery in the United States in commemorating the issuance of General Order No. 3 (which included the line "all slaves are free") in Galveston, Texas on 19 June 1865. In 2021, Juneteenth was declared a federal holiday and is also celebrated outside of the United States.

There are many other myths surrounding Juneteenth, as with any historical event, but these do not in any way diminish the significance of 19 June 1865 or the celebration that commemorates that day. Juneteenth celebrations began in Texas in January 1866 under the name "Freedom Day" and then "Jubilee Day" referencing the Year of Jubilee from the Bible when, every seven years, slaves would be freed, but these were informal gatherings, not recognized by the state. 19 June 1865 was ruled as the date ending slavery in the state by the Texas Supreme Court in October 1868. This ruling was necessary because those who had purchased slaves or rented them from others and had not paid in full refused to pay any more as they no longer had use of those slaves.

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— CHAPTERS —
0:00​ Introduction
0:54 The History of Juneteenth
3:58 Myth 1: General Order No. 3 Ended Slavery in the United States on 19 June 1865
5:38 Myth 2: It took over two years for the slaves in Texas to learn they were free
6:42 Myth 3: A messenger carrying news of the Emancipation Proclamation was killed en route to Texas
7:49 Myth 4: Texas was the last slave-holding state in the United States
8:13 Myth 5: President Lincoln issued General Order No. 3
8:53 Myth 6: General Order No. 3 was publicly read from Ashton Villa
10:05 Myth 7: There were celebrations throughout Texas on 19 June 1865
11:02 Myth 8: Juneteenth is the oldest celebration of emancipation in the United States
11:34 Myth 9: Everyone was always welcome at Juneteenth celebrations
12:28 Myth 10: Juneteenth was first celebrated on June 19, 1866
13:58 Outro


— WANT TO KNOW MORE? —
Ten Juneteenth Myths
https://www.worldhistory.org/article/2240/ten-juneteenth-myths/
History of Juneteenth
https://www.worldhistory.org/article/2239/history-of-juneteenth/
Slavery in Colonial America
https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1739/slavery-in-colonial-america/
African Slave Life in Colonial British America
https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1732/african-slave-life-in-colonial-british-america/
Virginia Slave Laws and Development of Colonial American Slavery
https://www.worldhistory.org/article/1740/virginia-slave-laws-and-development-of-colonial-am/

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Kelly Macquire
Kelly is a graduate from Monash University who has completed her BA (Honours) in Ancient History and Archaeology, focussing on iconography and status in Pylos burials. She has a passion for mythology and the Aegean Bronze Age.

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Macquire, K. (2023, June 19). Ten Myths About Juneteenth. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/video/2970/ten-myths-about-juneteenth/

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