Happy Juneteenth

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Happy Juneteenth, to my Texas African-American brothers and sisters. On this day 153 years ago (June 19, 1865) the news of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was delivered on the shores of Galveston, TX, effectively ending slavery in the state. 

General Granger’s words:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”
Admittedly, we still have a long road ahead. But what a wonderful day this is to celebrate the first step toward “absolute equality” in the state of Texas!

May your day be filled with shouts of joy and prayers of peace. And may the gladness of this temporal celebration direct all of our hearts and minds to the eternal oneness that is ours in Christ Jesus alone:
“For He is our peace who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility… He did this so that He might reconcile both to God in one body through the cross by which He put the hostility to death,” (Ephesians. 2:14-16).

Grace and Peace,
Tony

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