On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved Black Americans they had been freed under the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation. this day came to be known as Juneteenth and is celebrated throughout the country as the day that marks freedom for all Black Americans. This exhibition explores the context and lasting effects of that announcement from 1865 to the present day, and the journey towards "absolute equality". For more information contact the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center.

June 3-July 1, 2025


Map of event location

Emancipation Day Celebration Band, June 19, 1900.