Your historical nugget of the day, but one not without meaning. Juneteenth* commemorates the final abolition of chattel slavery in the United States. Although President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, slavery remained in effect in areas under secessionist control until the end of the war. Texas became the last state to comply when union General Gordon Granger entered Galveston and on June 19th, 1862, issued general Order No. 3, declaring slavery at an end. Juneteenth soon became a day of celebration. Freed people pooled funds to purchase land specifically for their celebrations, notably Houston‘s Emancipation Park and Emancipation Park in Austin. Texas made the event a state holiday in 1980; by 2013, 43 U.S. states and the District of Columbia recognized Juneteenth as a special day of observance. Says David Hackett Fisher in “Liberty and Freedom“, Juneteenth is “a celebration not of liberty as independence but as the right of belonging.”
A Message from the Nichols Library Board of Trustees on Reopening the Library.As you may have heard, the Governor recently announced that libraries, among other services and businesses, may reopen on June 15th. What you may not know is that the Governors’ Economic Reopening Task Force has issued guidelines specific for libraries. We ask for your continued patience and understanding as we begin to implement these guidelines [continue reading].
We are now taking requests and putting them outside for you to pick up. You can get your loans between 10am and 2pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday [continue reading].
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