Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/20/06 Today we commemorate the 141st anniversary of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its origins in Galveston in 1865, observing June 19 as the African-American Emancipation Day spread across the country and beyond to being a worldwide celebration. (Visit The celebration today reminds me that Galveston County, Texas and America still have a long way to go for our country to really live up to its promise of freedom and justice for all. In his Vulnerable Population Report Card of 2003 for Galveston, University of Texas Medical Branch’s Dr. Daniel Freeman reported, “The 2000 census estimated that 12,284 individuals, or 22.3 percent of the residents of the city of Galveston, live in poverty.” That’s one of every five of our 57,247 residents existing below poverty.