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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

This year will mark 156 years since Union soldiers landed at Galveston to share the news that slavery had been abolished. President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation lawfully took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, more than two years before. That day – June 19 – is celebrated as “Juneteenth” worldwide for its importance in the fight to end slavery in the United States.

Local historian Gayle Hanson will provide context during a special presentation on the holiday, including why it is celebrated and how it has evolved over the years.

  • 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, Central, Tandy Lecture Hall

Hanson is a historian, genealogist and lecturer who also serves as the Librarian/Archivist of the Texas Prince Hall Wilbert M. Curtis Library Museum.

Last updated: May 31, 2019