June 18, 1949
The Los Angeles Sentinel’s Lin Hilburn also wrote about Juneteenth in 1975. “In rural East Texas where I spent my childhood, black children were taught black history as a matter of course,” Hilburn wrote. “We were singing the Negro National Anthem way back there and we recognized all of the famous black men and women who had contributed to our progress. We knew all about Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Phylis Wheatley, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, etc...However, our one great holiday was ‘Juneteenth.’” Hilburn concluded by advising readers, “on this ‘Juneteenth,’ revel in the glory of your ancestors” (click to view article PDF).