Proclamation from Mayor Poe

Press release from City of Gainesville

Whereas on the eve of January 1st, 1863, many Americans, especially African Americans, gathered in homes and churches for Freedom Watch gatherings; and

Whereas on January 1st, 1863 the Emancipation Proclamation established that all enslaved people in Confederate States in rebellion against the Union “shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free;” and

Whereas the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t instantly free any slaves. The proclamation only applied to places under Confederate control and not to slave-holding border states or rebel areas already under Union control; and

Whereas as Union troops advanced into the Confederate South, many slaves escaped behind Union lines; and

Whereas in Texas, slavery remained firmly in place without a significant presence of Union troops. Many slave owners from outside Texas viewed the state as a safe haven and moved there with their slaves; and

Whereas news of the Emancipation Proclamation and loss of the war by the Confederate States failed to reach many in Texas; and

Whereas on June 19th of 1865, General Granger’s Union Troops arrived in Galveston, ensuring freedom for Texas’s remaining 250,000 enslaved people; and

Whereas the following year, freed black men and women in Texas organized the first of what became the annual celebration of “Jubilee Day” on June Nineteenth, now called Juneteenth.

I invite all of our neighbors to join me in celebration of Jubilee Day, Our Second Independence Day or Juneteenth in the City of Gainesville, and ask that we use this celebration to better learn from our past, acknowledge our injustices today, and commit to working collectively towards a fully equitable future.

  • He left this part out…

    Whereas in Gainesville, myself and my fellow community leaders continue to turn a deaf ear to the plight of not only the African American community but to people of all colors in their quest for fair taxes and affordable utility rates.

    I hereby decree that your words will continue to be silenced, you will continue to question whether or not you will have electricity and running water.

    The commission and myself will continue to abuse the power you entrusted with us.

    I ask that you as voters within Gainesville, continue to be the gullible, foolish people that my fellow commissioners laugh about when we’re not in front of the public.

  • Yep. I never get any notification from the C of G…but,
    They sent me King Poe’s proclamation twice to my in-box.

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