When you head to Galveston each June, you’ll be coming home where it all began as the island hosts several days of festivities to celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic beach town.
2017 marks the 152nd anniversary of Juneteenth, which will be celebrated with parades, festivals, picnics, African-American heritage exhibits, reenactments, concerts and more.
More than 20 events will take place throughout June for Galveston’s 2017 Juneteenth celebration. For a list of upcoming events, click here.
Many people think slavery ended on September 22, 1862 – the date Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In reality, many slaves weren’t freed until much later when news of the proclamation reached their towns. The last of those slaves lived in the South and were freed on June 19, 1865 after the Emancipation Proclamation was read on a harbor pier in Galveston, Texas. This date eventually became known as “Juneteenth.” While celebrations were long held in Galveston and various parts of the country in earlier years, Texas lead the way in making Juneteenth an official state holiday in 1980.Today, Juneteenth is celebrated in more than 40 states throughout the country.
Black History Alive and Well in Galveston
On the outside walls of the African American Museum at 3427 Sealy St. are portraits of some prominent black Galvestonians, painted by artist E. Herron. Read more.
Smithsonian Welcomes Moody Mansion Slavery Artifacts
Gillins was going through boxes of the Moody Family archives to find a photo of Enoch Withers, W.L. Moody Jr.’s longtime valet and driver for Mary Moody Northen, when she discovered another historical treasure. Read more.
Pardon for Champion Jack Johnson Once Again in the Works
For over a century, Galveston’s own Jack Johnson has remained a guilty man. Read more.
Buffalo Soldiers Bring History to Life for Isle Students
good day for Ken Pollard is when he’s in front of kids eager to learn about the history and legacy of the U.S. Army’s Buffalo Soldiers, who proved their fighting prowess on major battlefields in the late 1800s. Read more.
Things I Love About Galveston
Galveston is undeniably one of the best cities in the United States. Here are the things that I love about the island. We’d like to hear what floats your boat as well. Read more.