Thursday, June 24, 2021



Pekin’s Ties to the First Juneteenth

Pekin Public Library

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Did you know that four men from Pekin were present at the first Juneteenth on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas when slavery was finally abolished? Four of Pekin’s Black Civil War heroes – William H. Costley, William H. Ashby, Marshall Ashby, and Nathan Ashby all of whom served in the 29th U.S. Colored Infantry during and after the Civil War – were present at that time and place when General Granger read General Order #3 enacting the Emancipation Proclamation (three years after delivered by President Lincoln).

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