If you don’t know the significance of this photo, then you don’t live in, nor are you from a southern state. The emancipation proclamation was a document that ended slavery on January 1, 1863 in the southern states, however, because the slaves had no television, phone or any other way to get the news, they were still slaves for another two years. This is more so in Texas, where I’ve been living for the past 21 years (despite not being born here, I’m still a Texan). On June 19, 1865, it was announced that slavery had been abolished in Texas. We celebrate this day because of its importance. Texas was the last slave state and where all of my family is from.