WESTERN NEW YORK – Today the nation commemorates the end of slavery.
On this day in 1865, Major General Gordon Granger announced the end of the Civil War in Galveston, Texas, making all slaves free.
The war had already been over for weeks, but news traveled slowly back then.
There are often ‘Juneteenth’ festivals and events planned around the country in honor of the day.
Tourists also take pilgrimages to Galveston to honor the moment in history.