In some places, the day known as Juneteenth slips by unnoticed. That’s not the case in Houston, Texas. On June 19th, 1865, slavery was officially ended in the United States. Although Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took place two and a half years before, and much of the country had already ended slavery, Texas was a little late getting the message. However, when Major Gordon General Granger landed in Galveston that particular day in June, he flexed his muscle to overcome any lingering resistance to the order to abolish slavery. And that’s how this day of celebration came to be, and it’s one that Texas takes seriously.