Today is the day many people mark the anniversary of when slavery officially ended in America. On this day in 1865 in Texas, the news finally reached slaves there that President Abraham Lincoln had abolished slavery. The day is called Juneteenth, which combines the words June and nineteenth.
In an article on CNN.com today, a list that includes Cliveden in Philadelphia offers readers notable places to go to mark this day. The article describes Cliveden as emblematic of the American contradiction of the fight for freedom, but for only for some of its people.
CNN: Philadelphia, a birthplace of American independence, was also a city of slave-holders. The 1780 census reported that 6% of Pennsylvania’s population was enslaved and most of them were living and working in Philadelphia.
Clivden itself is a symbol for America’s fight for freedom. George Washington’s troops tried unsuccessfully to oust the British from the home and the region in 1877.
CNN: Cliveden also holds a large archive of Chew family documents that includes household inventories of property (enslaved individuals are among the “items” listed)
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