January 1, 1863-Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was issued. It promised freedom to all slaves once the north was victorious in the Civil War .
April 9, 1865 – Lee surrendered his army, thus officially ending the civil war and freeing the slaves wherever news reached
June 19, 1865 – Word reached Texas that the Confederacy had collapsed and all the slaves of the state were freed
December 6, 1865 – The 13th amendment of the United States Constitution was rectified officially abolishing slavery. This freed the remaining hold out slaveholders in the state of Kentucky who had resisted abolition up until this point. The last of the American slaves were finally free.
BUT ARE WE REALLY FREE?