austin history center

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.

Happy Independence!!

Capitol construction crews surrounding the Goddess of Liberty statue that was later placed on top of the Capitol dome.

Creator(s): Unknown
Location(s): United States - Texas - Travis County - Austin
Creation Date: February 1888
Austin History Center, Austin Public Library