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Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the ending of slavery in Texas on June 19, 1865. Although the Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, it was not enforced in the state of Texas due to a lack of Union troop presence and enforcement in the confederate state.


However on June 19, 1865, Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger and his regiment  entered Galveston, Texas to override the resistance to the law and to enforce the Executive Orders. Union Major-General Gordon Granger read General Orders, No.3 to the people of Galveston. It stated:

“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.”

Since 1865 black Americans have regarded June 19th as the official emancipation day, and on January 1, 1980, the state of Texas proclaimed June 19 an official state holiday thanks to the African American state legislator Al Edwards.

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Vigilism x Ikiré Jones present Escape to New Lagos.

An imagining of Lagos in the year 2081 A.D.  The Great Crude Explosion has just occurred; leaving oil flowing freely through the streets of the slums.  Politicians have been exiled at the heels of bomb blasts and the populace’s uprising.  The building of a new Center of the World has begun, much to the bewilderment of Western nations.  This is the birth of New Lagos…and men of taste are wearing Ikiré Jones.

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Vintage posters advertising travel and tourism to various parts of Africa, by Air Afrique, Air France and German African Airlines.

Although no longer in operation since 2002, Air Afrique was an Abidjan-based francophone Central and West African official transnational carrier that was founded in 1961.

It was a joint venture between Air France, the Union Aéromaritime de Transport (UAT) and eleven newly independent former French colonies in West Africa, namely Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Mauritania, Niger, the Republic of the Congo and Senegal.

Senegalese Cheikh Fall was appointed as the first CEO of the company on 25 June 1961 with Chad’s transport minister Saleh Ahmet Mahamet being the last chairman of the board when mismanagement lead to the bankruptcy of the company in the early 2000s.

Despite the African ownership, heavy use of colonial imagery in their advertisements was more than apparent and pretty much standard during the early days of the company’s operation.

Some of these posters were designed by A. Roquin and Charles-Jean Hallo which probably dates these posters somewhere between the 1960s-1980s.