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Our American Story

Our American Story - Juneteenth

This year marks the second anniversary since President Joe Biden named Juneteenth a federal holiday in 2021. As more Americans celebrate Juneteenth with family and community, it is vital to share the important historical legacy behind Juneteenth and recognize the long struggle to make it an officially recognized holiday. It is an opportunity to honor our country’s second Independence Day and reflect on our shared history and future.
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Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth?

In this curatorial discussion, museum experts examine the historical significance of the holiday and how it came to be.
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Juneteenth

Who Celebrates Juneteenth?

Learn more about the people who celebrate the holiday and the cultural significance they place on commemorating this moment in history.
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Why is Juneteenth Important?

Museum scholars explore the origins of Juneteenth, the meaning of freedom and African American cultural traditions.
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The Historical Legacy of Juneteenth

Juneteenth is an often overlooked event in our nation’s history. On June 19, 1865, Union troops freed enslaved African Americans in Galveston Bay and across Texas some two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
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The Coming of Freedom

Celebrating Juneteenth

The legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times. Watch as the Museum's Founding Director Lonnie Bunch III leads a tour through our Slavery and Freedom exhibition to celebrate Juneteenth.
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