Celebrating Juneteenth Seventies-Style

One hundred and fifty years ago today, June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger read “General Order No. 3” on the balcony of Ashton Villa in Galveston.

Granger and 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston to take possession of Texas after the surrender of General Robert E. Lee on April 9, 1865.

This order freed the slaves in Texas and led to the celebration of June 19 or Juneteenth as the day of freedom for the slaves in Texas.

In Gatesville, in 1970, June 19 was also a celebration of the 89th birthday of the Mayberry twins, Porter and Gordon.

This account of the birthday/Juneteenth celebration was published in the July 9, 1970, edition of The Gatesville Messenger and was written by Mrs. Tom Mears.

The story is reprinted exactly as it appeared in 1970.



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