155 – Years since Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger (Union Army) first read the proclamation, General Orders, No. 3, in Galveston, Texas, notifying slaves of their emancipation, on June 19, 1865.

901 – Days in between the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation and General Orders, No. 3.

13th – Amendment to the US Constitution that abolished slavery.

3,953,760 – Estimated number of slaves in the United States in 1860.
30.2 – Percentage of the population of Texas comprised of slaves, or “bondsmen,” in 1860.

500,000 – Estimated number of free blacks in the United States in 1860. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, about half were in the North and half were in the South.

15 – States where it was legal to have slaves before the Civil War: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

47 – States with laws or resolutions commemorating Juneteenth.

January 1, 1980 – Juneteenth became a state holiday in Texas, although it had been celebrated informally since 1865.

“Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.” — Al Edwards (D-Texas), sponsor of the bill.

46,261,485 – African-Americans (one race alone or in combination) in the United States in 2018, according to the most recent Census Bureau estimate.

Almost 200,000 – African-American men served in the Navy and Army on behalf of the Union during the Civil War.

148 years – Age of the oldest Juneteenth celebration in the world, in Emancipation Park in Houston.

8 – Consecutive years during which Barack Obama, during his presidency, issued a statement to mark Juneteenth: 2009-2016.

Quoted from Various Sources

Published for: Mr Blow Up