Friday, June 19, 2020

General Order No. 3

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.

-- General Order No. 3, issued in Galveston, TX by U.S. Major General Gordon Granger, the inspiration for Juneteenth, US National Archives via NPR, 19 June 1865

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