Wreath laying Saturday for General who announced that slaves were free

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Did you know the historic announcement that created Juneteenth was said by a man buried in the Lexington Cemetery?

Major General Gordon Granger is buried in Lexington Cemetery.
He issued the order in Galveston, Texas informing all the confederate states’ slaves they were free.

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That happened June 19, 1865. Which is now commemorated by the federal holiday Juneteenth.

For the last six years, a veteran and Midway city councilman has been coming out for a wreath ceremony on June 19 to honor Granger for his role in history.

“This is just one of those things, that’s such a prominent part of Black history that for many of us we need to get ourselves even more educated on. And I think Juneteenth is a great opportunity for us to listen, you know, what are other things we need to know that we don’t,” Logan Nance said.

He will be at the plot in section P of the cemetery Saturday at 10 a.m. He says all are welcome.

To see a map of the cemetery click here.