Today is Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates emancipation of slaves in Texas, where slavery’s end didn’t begin until two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect.

From 1936-1938, the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Writers’ Project took oral histories from former slaves across the nation, including these 11 people in Dallas, Texas. Some of the stories are available online at the Library of Congress.

Cato Carter: Photo via Library of Congress

Cato Carter: Photo via Library of Congress

Julia Daniels: Photo via Library of Congress

Julia Daniels: Photo via Library of Congress

Mose Hursey: Photo via Library of Congress

Mose Hursey: Photo via Library of Congress

Andrew Goodman: Photo via Library of Congress

Andrew Goodman: Photo via Library of Congress

James Johnson: Photo via Library of Congress

James Johnson: Photo via Library of Congress

Mary Ellen Johnson: Photo via Library of Congress

Mary Ellen Johnson: Photo via Library of Congress

William Moore: Photo via Library of Congress

William Moore: Photo via Library of Congress

Laura Redman: Photo via Library of Congress

Laura Redman: Photo via Library of Congress

Callie Shepard: Photo via Library of Congress

Callie Shepard: Photo via Library of Congress

Emma Watson: Photo via Library of Congress

Emma Watson: Photo via Library of Congress

Lula Wilson: Photo via Library of Congress

Lula Wilson: Photo via Library of Congress