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News of the end of the Civil War and the freedom of the enslaved African Americans due to the signed Emancipation Proclamation in January of 1863 did not arrive in Texas until June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteeth -- a combination of June and 19 -- for over 150 years.