Join Dallas Historical Society for a discussion & celebration of Juneteenth by historian Donald Payton. Selections from The South Dallas Concert Choir will follow Mr. Payton's presentation. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldier Major General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston, Texas, to take command of the state and proceeded to issue five Military Orders, including General Order Number 3, which declared that all slaves were now free. Granger's news declaring the institution of slavery dead in the state set off joyous demonstrations by freedmen and originated the annual "Juneteenth" celebration. Dallas Historical Society has the only known original example of the General Order Number 3. It will be on display at Hall of State June 17-23. Mr. Payton is a former Dallas County Historical Commissioner who served on a special state committee to make June 19th an official state holiday.