Juneteenth will be celebrated on KPFT Friday, June 19, with special programming to mark the occasion.
Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-Americans in the South. On June 19, 1865, after arriving at Galveston Island with 2,000 federal troops to occupy Texas on behalf of the United States, Union General Gordon Granger read aloud the contents of “General Order No. 3,” which declared the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans.
On Friday, June 19, from 9-10 a.m., KPFT will air a special produced by Houston Jazz Spotlight host Tierney Malone. Featuring interviews, music and more, the special will celebrate Juneteenth and its legacy.