Today is ‘Juneteenth’
a day commemorating the announcement of the end of slavery in the U.S.
While the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, it took years for all states to officially adopt the proclamation.
Texas was the last state in the Confederacy to do so. This photo (via Austin History Center, Austin Public Library) is from a 1900 Juneteenth celebration in Texas.