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Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Click through to see which of your favorite actors, singers, athletes and beauty queens are from Texas!

Happy Juneteenth! Celebrating Celebrities From Texas  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Grant Hill is from Dallas

Grant Hill is from Dallas

2. Brittney Griner is from Houston

Brittney Griner is from Houston

3. Lamarcus Aldridge is from Dallas

Lamarcus Aldridge is from Dallas

4. Lil Twist is from Dallas

Lil Twist is from Dallas

5. Pam Oliver is from Dallas

Pam Oliver is from Dallas

6. Tevin Campbell is from Dallas

Tevin Campbell is from Dallas

7. Chris Bosh is from Dallas

Chris Bosh is from Dallas

8. Jill Marie Jones is from Dallas

Jill Marie Jones is from Dallas

9. Yolanda Adams is from Houston

Yolanda Adams is from Houston

10. Billy Preston is from Houston

Billy Preston is from Houston

11. Latavia Roberson is from Houston

Latavia Roberson is from Houston

12. Loni Love is from Houston

Loni Love is from Houston

13. Crystle Stewart is from Houston

Crystle Stewart is from Houston

14. Letoya Luckett is from Houston

Letoya Luckett is from Houston

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The 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion

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16. Micahael Strahan is from Houston

Micahael Strahan is from Houston

17. Texas Battle is from Houston

Texas Battle is from Houston

18. Phylicia Rashad is from Houston

Phylicia Rashad is from Houston

19. Chandra Wilson is from Houston

Chandra Wilson is from Houston

20. Loretta Devine is from Houston

Loretta Devine is from Houston

21. David and Tamela Mann are from Ft. Worth

David and Tamela Mann are from Ft. Worth

22. Usher was born in Dallas

Usher was born in Dallas

23. Isaiah Washington is from Houston

Isaiah Washington is from Houston

24. Debbie Allen is from Houston

Debbie Allen is from Houston

25. Eva Longoria is from Corpus Christi

Eva Longoria is from Corpus Christi

26. Jamie Foxx is from Terrell

Jamie Foxx is from Terrell

27. Forest Whitaker is from Longview

Forest Whitaker is from Longview

28. Bun B is from Houston

Bun B is from Houston

29. Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles are from Houston

Beyonce Knowles-Carter and Solange Knowles are from Houston