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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Contributions of African American Women During the Civil War

Capitol View Library

2 p.m.
African American women played a fundamental role in the struggle for freedom during the Civil War Era.  Among their contributions, they served as nurses and cooks; operated as spies, scouts and couriers; and supported black troops in many ways.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

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The Secret History of Juneteenth

Capitol View Library

7 p.m.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, is considered the oldest celebration that commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston, Texas with 2,000 troops. He issued General Order 3, which declared an end to slavery more than two years after President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  Many slaves were unaware of the Emancipation degree of January 1, 1863, because of Texas's isolation and the slow movement of news about the Civil War.