On 19 June, 1865 approximately 2000 Federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the end of the civil war and to enforce the formal end of slavery in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation.

The split between the United States (Union/North) and the Confederate States (Confederacy/South) was a nearly 5-year conflict centered on the fact that Abraham Lincoln vowed to deny admission into the Union for any would-be state that supported and defended enslavement. The 1860 elections revealed Lincoln to be the eventual 16th President, and the movement to secede began with South Carolina in December, 1860.

Let today be a reflection of the resilience, the creativity, and the ingenuity of the ancestors who endured brutality, opposed subjugation, and contributed to the development of this nation. Their courage and sacrifice spearheaded movements that live on in our nation’s quest to provide liberty and justice for all.

We’re in this together.


-Trevor Mardis
19 June, 2020

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