The slaveowners in Galveston, which is an island, kept their slaves toiling away and in the dark about their emancipation. Union General Granger announced the end of slavery two and half years after Lincoln's proclamation. I am sure the white slaveowners were disgruntled about the general's revelation.
Now, about 150 years later, the Galveston tourism board is bragging that their city is the birthplace of Juneteenth. In reality, Galveston was the last place where slavery was institutionalized in America.
Galveston's bragging about being the "birthplace of Juneteenth" is like the cities of Auschwitz or Dachau bragging about being the birthplace of Holocaust memorials.
THE BIRTHPLACE OF JUNETEENTH: GALVESTON CELEBRATES EMANCIPATION THROUGH ART, SPECIAL EVENTS
As the birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston offers visitors the chance to experience our country’s newest federal holiday in living color.
From its many historic sites and tours that chronicle the day Juneteenth began in Galveston, to its annual Juneteenth festival, special events and new art exhibits, Galveston is the place to commemorate June 19, 1865 – the historic day slavery was abolished in Texas, freeing one of the last groups of slaves in the United States.