Juneteenth–How Emancipation Came to Texas and How We Celebrate

Sharon Batiste Gillins
Jun 19, 2024
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Welcome
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Speaker's Introduction
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Introduction
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The Story Begins
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Emancipation Day
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Why Texas Didn't Comply
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General Orders
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Next Steps to Freedom
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How We Celebrate
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Champions of Juneteenth
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
2m 36s

About this webinar

This lecture details the true story of how freedom finally came to Texas more than 2 years after the effective date of the Emancipation Proclamation. Common myths will be replaced with the truth of the events that occurred and the atmosphere of the surrounding Galveston community, including the presence of United States Colored Troops among the Union soldiers who arrived to enforce emancipation for over 300,000 enslaved people of Texas. Finally, it follows the evolution of celebrations of emancipation beginning with spontaneous celebrations that occurred in 1865 on the docks of the Galveston Wharf, to the first documented citywide celebration in Galveston, to today’s recognition of Juneteenth as an important historical event celebrated throughout the nation and even the world.

About the speaker

About the speaker

Sharon Batiste Gillins is a native of Galveston, Texas with paternal ancestral roots in St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and maternal roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. She is a passionate family history researcher who has been actively involved in genea
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  1. Sam Collins
    4 weeks ago

    Great presentation and a must see for all that are interested in learning more about Juneteenth.

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    Karen McAtlin
    1 month ago

    Excellent! I found out so many things I didn’t know about Texas or Juneteenth today! Thank you!

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  3. SR
    Sonya Rice
    1 month ago

    Loved how Sharon emphasized important points of reference which kept us all engaged in the presentation and unwilling to be distracted by taking notes! I had conflicting feelings about celebrating Juneteenth and Sharon has brought me over to celebrating w/o doubt.

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    Jean Tempke
    1 month ago

    This was a wonderful presentation! Everyone should know about this history and Sharon did a fantastic job presenting it and making it so interesting and emotional. I plan to watch it again.

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  5. BL
    Bev Leeming
    1 month ago

    Another outstanding class by Sharon. It was moving and hopeful. As a Canadian, I knew nothing about the history of Juneteenth and why that date was significant

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  6. LP
    Lucian Payne
    1 month ago

    Excellent Webinar. Kudos to the Lecturer / Presenter, Sharon Gillins. She always does a great job.

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  7. KH
    Karen Hairston
    1 month ago

    I’m so pleased that a knowledgeable qualified passionate Speaker represented this under-rated special period of time in Black history, Texas history, and of course United States of America history. Very well done.

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  8. LA
    Lynette Allen
    1 month ago

    Fantastic presentation. Aware of Juneteenth yet this presentation added to my knowledge. Kept my attention from the beginning to the end. Well done Sharon!

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