Fugitive Watch Salutes Juneteenth the Ending of Slavery
Alternately known as Freedom Day and Emancipation Day, Juneteenth is an official Texas state holiday – and an unofficial American holiday – that commemorates June 19, 1865. This was the date that Union General Gordon Granger read out the federal proclamation that slavery was ended in the state of Texas.
Though the Emancipation Proclamation had ended slavery in the Confederacy more than two years prior, the news had not reached all parts of the war-torn states. Granger’s proclamation read, in part:
The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.
During the late 19th century, Juneteenth was primarily celebrated by the Black community. The Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s led to renewed interest in Juneteenth festivities. It became an official Texas holiday on January 1, 1980, largely due to the efforts of Al Edwards, an African American state legislator.
In the 21st century, Juneteenth has become a day to celebrate Black historical achievements, as well as encourage respect and pride in all cultures.
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Fugitive Watch was founded in 1992 by two San Jose police officers, Steve Ferdin and Scott Castruita. Fugitive Watch is a reality-based television show, newspaper and website, fugitive.com. We can also be found on social media such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. The mission of Fugitive Watch is to make Your community safer by helping law enforcement fight crime. Fugitive Watch brings the community, local business, and law enforcement together to solve crimes, apprehend wanted fugitives and provide education and crime prevention information to the community.
Business and private sponsorship help Fugitive Watch empower the community to strike back at crime from the safety of their living rooms. Fugitive Watch has been credited by law enforcement with over several 1000 crimes solved or fugitives apprehended. Fugitive Watch also helps improve the safety of police officers by locating fugitives for law enforcement so they can more safely arrest them rather than unexpectedly running across them through extremely dangerous routine “chance encounters”. As law enforcement officers know all too well, These “chance encounters” have resulted in countless officer injuries and deaths.