The Emancipation Proclamation happened on September 22, 1862, but wasn’t enforced in many areas in the South. On June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived with federal troops in Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation. On the next day, June 19th, General Granger gave a speech announcing that slaves will be free and will enforce the law.
In Santa Cruz, there was a ‘Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom’ event that was held at Laurel Park on Saturday, June 12. The free event had music, speakers, food and crafts.
By: Greg Cook