Across the nation, this date became known as Juneteenth, and it is celebrated in many places as the final nail in the coffin of slavery.
While Juneteenth is predominantly known as an African-American holiday, several states (including Texas) have recognized June 19 as a state holiday.
Occasionally, attempts are made to have Juneteenth declared a national holiday, but so far none have been successful.
Ken Wibecan is a retired journalist. Once an op-ed and jazz columnist, later an editor of Modern Maturity magazine, these days he and his two dogs enjoy the country life in Peru. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.