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Juneteenth

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My Great-Great Grandmother, Angeline Poston (sitting), My Great Grandma McDowell on the left

My Great-Great Grandmother Poston was a slave until she was 12 years old. What a treat it was to hear stories from the lips of my Great Grandmother who grew up in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Though Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863, it had minimal immediate effect on most slaves’ day-to-day lives, particularly in the Confederate States of America.Texas, as a part of the Confederacy, was resistant to the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth commemorates June 18 and 19, 1865. June 18 is the day Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.

Juneteenth is one of the oldest celebrations commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and has been an African-American tradition since the late 19th century. Juneteenth celebrations include a wide range of festivities to celebrate American heritage, such as parades, rodeos, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, or park parties. Many African-American families use this opportunity to retrace their ancestry to the ancestors who were held in bondage for centuries.

It’s not a big day on my calendar, but it’s a big day in my heart to remember those who suffered in bondage, and reflect back on my family history.

(Courtesy of Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juneteenth)

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

I’m posting a little bit of fun to commemorate our annual “Turkey Day” celebration. Not to forget of course that on Thanksgiving Day, and everyday we should be thankful for all that we have. Enjoy the day, eat, drink, and be “thankful!”

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving History

The Pilgrim leader, Governor William Bradford, had organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621.

He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast. The Wampanoag Indians were the people who taught the Pilgrims how to cultivate the land.

Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.

Abraham Lincoln issued a ‘Thanksgiving Proclamation’ on third October 1863 and officially set aside the last Thursday of November as the national day for Thanksgiving.

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade tradition began in the 1920’s.

Snoopy has appeared as a giant balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade more times than any other character in history.

In 1939, President Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would take place on November 23rd, not November 30th, as a way to spur economic growth and extend the Christmas shopping season.

Since 1947, the National Turkey Federation has presented a live turkey and two dressed turkeys to the President. The President does not eat the live turkey. He “pardons” it and allows it to live out its days on a historical farm.

Fun Facts about Thanksgiving Today

In the US, about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.

Each year, the average American eats somewhere between 16 – 18 pounds of turkey.

Californians are the largest consumers of turkey in the United States.

Fun Turkey Facts

The average weight of a turkey purchased at Thanksgiving is 15 pounds.

The heaviest turkey ever raised was 86 pounds, about the size of a large dog.

A 15 pound turkey usually has about 70 percent white meat and 30 percent dark meat.

Fifty percent of Americans put the stuffing inside the Turkey.

The five most popular ways to serve leftover turkey is as a sandwich, in stew, chili or soup, casseroles and as a burger.

Turkey has more protein than chicken or beef.

Male turkeys gobble. Hens do not. They make a clucking noise.

Commercially raised turkeys cannot fly.

Turkeys have heart attacks. The United States Air Force was doing test runs and breaking the sound barrier. Nearby turkeys dropped dead with heart attacks.

Turkeys have poor night vision.