On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston to tell enslaved people they were free.
General Robert E. Lee had surrendered two months earlier, more than two years after Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
The historic day is now commemorated as Juneteenth, the end of slavery in the United States.
Here are some ways to celebrate Juneteenth in Arlington, Fort Worth and Grand Prairie this year:
What: The community is invited to enjoy live music, poetry readings, dancing, food trucks and more at a Juneteenth block party organized by the Arlington Museum of Art and Create Arlington.