- African-Americans, both enslaved and free, built the city of Charleston
- Nicodemus, Kansas, is oldest surviving African-American town west of the Mississippi
- St. Helena Island, in South Carolina, was a safe haven for freed people as early as 1862
This story was first published on June 19, 2012.
(CNN)Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger of the Union Army announced to the assembled crowd at Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas, "In accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free."