News of the war’s end did not reach Texas until May 1865 - and the Army of the Trans-Mississippi did not surrender until June. On June 18 of that year, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston with federal troops to occupy Texas on the federal government’s behalf, and on June 19, by reading aloud General Order No. 3, he announced the total emancipation of slaves.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth. In recognition of this historic commemoration, we share this image of Nancy Bradford, pictured around 1930. Bradford was the last former slave in the Dandridge, Tennessee area. She was born January 4, 1851, and was a nurse to a local family after the conclusion of the Civil War.
|Image credit: "Looking Back At Tennessee"|
Tennessee State Library and Archives Photo Collection.
Image source: http://tnsos.org/tsla/imagesearch/citation.php?ImageID=9001
The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.