Two weeks ago, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, President Trump boasted that in postponing his Tulsa rally, “I did something good: I made Juneteenth very famous. It’s actually an important event, an important time. But nobody had ever heard of it.” I beg to disagree. I’m a white woman who grew up nearly 2,000 miles from Texas, the site of the first Juneteenth, in 1865, and I’ve heard of it. That said, it certainly hasn’t been given its due in history books, one of many oversights the current Black Lives Matter movement may help correct.

On June 19th, two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, a troop of Union soldiers, led by Major General Granger, landed at Galveston. Granger proceeded to read General Order Number 3: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance…

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