HOUSTON — June 19, 1865 was a date that means so much to Texas. On that day in Galveston, Texas, slaves learned they were free. But actually realizing that freedom? It didn’t come easy.
We're looking back at the meaning of Juneteenth and its history here in southeast Texas. Watch the full program below.
Segment 1: We look into the history of Juneteenth and what really happened in Texas.
Segment 2: The migration of formerly enslaved people from Galveston to Houston.
Segment 3: A look at the historical marker in Juneteenth mural in Galveston.
Segment 4: Juneteenth celebrations through the years, as well as a look back at Reconstruction and Jim Crow laws.
Segment 5: We look back at voting struggles through the years and the civil rights movement, as well as the impact on HBCUs in Houston and the push to get Juneteenth taught in schools.
Segment 6: Life in Galveston and the fight for justice continues.
Segment 7: Getting Juneteenth recognized as a holiday and telling the story.
You can learn more about this history of Juneteenth at KHOU.com/Juneteenth
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