June 19, 1865 was the day when slaves in Texas discovered they were free from slavery. This was almost two years after The Emancipation Proclamation was signed and made law on January 1, 1863. The date is considered an official holiday for 13 states including New York.
227 was a series based upon a play by Christine Houston about African Americans living in an apartment building in Washington D.C.. It starred Jackee Harry, who appears on this series. It was one of the few African American shows not finish below 30 in the Nielsen Ratings.