Reedy Chapel AME Church
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Reedy Chapel AME Church
The Emancipation Proclamation was announced in Texas in Galveston on June 19, 1863 and Texas’s famous "Juneteenth" celebrations continue to commemorate the day across the state. Among those who would have celebrated more than a century ago were the parishioners at Reedy Chapel African Methodist Church, founded in 1848 for African-American slaves. (The current church, however, dates from 1886 after the earlier building burned down.) Galvestonians mark the occasion with ceremonies at the Ashton Villa—where the Proclamation was read in 1863 and is reread each June 19. While the Ashton Villa isn’t open to the public, the Galveston Historical Foundation has a downloadable guide that covers sites associated with the city’s African-American heritage as well as information on many other historic sites.
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