Juneteenth Galveston Events - Emancipation Proclamation Reading

Juneteenth Galveston Events – Emancipation Proclamation Reading

As the birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston offers visitors the chance to experience our country’s newest federal holiday in living color. Galveston is the place to commemorate June 19, 1865, the historic day that slavery was abolished in Texas, freeing one of the last groups of slaves in the United States.

From its many historic sites and tours that chronicle the day Juneteenth began in Galveston, to its annual Juneteenth festival, special events, and new art exhibits, Galveston is the place to commemorate this important date. 

Check out below our roundup of the Top 6 events happening in 2022 to celebrate Juneteenth in Galveston. For the full list of events click here

Juneteenth Galveston Events – 6 Celebrations for 2022


New Exhibit – ‘And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story’ by the Galveston Historical Foundation

And Still We Rise Exhibit by Galveston Historical Foundation

‘And Still We Rise…Galveston’s Juneteenth Story’ exhibit by Galveston Historical Foundation

In June 2022, Galveston Historical Foundation, led by its African American Heritage Committee, will open a new experience in the carriage house of the 1859 Ashton Villa. “And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story” introduces the context and consequences of that announcement from 1865 to the present day, in a long journey towards “absolute equality.”
“This Juneteenth experience introduces visitors and residents alike to the important story from 1865. It’s an opportunity to connect important local sites to the largely under-told piece of Galveston’s history”, states GHF Executive Director Dwayne Jones. 

Opening Date: Sunday, June 19, 2022, from 2 pm to 5 pm and also be open Monday, June 20, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Regular Operating Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4 p.m.), Thursdays through Sunday
Location: Carriage House of 1859 Ashton Villa – 2328 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550

Tickets: Admission is free during June 2022. Beginning July 1, admission will be $10 for adults, $5 for youth ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and under. 


For additional information check out – Galveston Historical Foundation to unveil new Juneteenth exhibit


“Juneteenth Freedom Project” Art Exhibition

Paintings at the NIA Cultural Center in Houston

Paintings at the NIA Cultural Center in Houston

Galveston leaders have inaugurated a new exhibition that uses art to tell the story of African Americans’ struggle for freedom in Texas. More than 60 art pieces by local and regional artists commemorate Black lives in America from the 1500s to the current day in “The Juneteenth Freedom Project.”

The project’s featured artist, Houston-based Ted Ellis, is a nationally recognized talent and the only African American artist appointed by the U.S. Department of the Interior to serve on the federal 400 Years of African American History Commission. Housed at the NIA Cultural Center Juneteenth Legacy Project headquarters, the new art exhibition is free to the public and includes a guided tour by a local historian!

Galveston Juneteenth

When: 10 am to 3 pm Tuesday – Friday and 12 pm – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday
Where: NIA Cultural Center Juneteenth Legacy Project – 2217 Strand St, Suite 101. Galveston, Texas 77550
How Much: Free

Guided Juneteenth Freedom Walk Tours

Freedom Walk Tour in Galveston

What better way to commemorate Juneteenth than by walking in the footsteps of those who fought for freedom on that fateful day? Juneteenth Freedom Tours in Galveston will take visitors on a journey to witness the places of liberation when Major General Gordon Granger read the historic General Order No. 3 in Galveston, conducted by a local “memory keeper.” The Juneteenth Freedom Tour can also be undertaken as a self-guided tour! For additional details call – (409) 256-3822.

When: Saturday, June 11th & 18th – 9:00AM, 10:30AM, 12PM, 1:30PM; Sunday, June 12th and 19th -12PM, 1:30PM and 3:00PM; Monday June 20th -12PM, 1:30PM and 3:00PM
How Much: $20, To reserve a spot and get additional details, call (409) 256-3822. Organized by the Juneteenth Legacy Project.

Emancipation Celebration at The Grand 1894 Opera House

Juneteenth 2022 Events in Galveston - Emancipation Celebration at The Grand 1894 Opera House

On June 17, the Nia Cultural Center will host an Emancipation Celebration at The Grand 1894 Opera House, which will be hosted by the Nia Cultural Center. The event will commemorate national and local pioneers who have created a name for themselves by battling for African Americans’ freedom, equality, and justice. Awards will be presented, as well as gospel performances from local, regional, and national talent. One of the most eagerly awaited Galveston Juneteenth Celebration 2022!

When: 6 pm to 9 pm on Friday, June 17, 2022
Where: The Grand 1894 Opera House – 2020 Postoffice St, Galveston, TX 77550
Tickets: Tickets and additional information on the Emancipation Celebration

43rd Annual Juneteenth Proclamation Reading

The community will gather at Ashton Villa to commemorate the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas. The event honors Rep. Al Edwards’ history as the primary proponent of the Juneteenth Texas state holiday, which eventually became a federal holiday.
Emancipation Proclamation Reading 2022

Emancipation Proclamation Reading

When: 10 am, Saturday, June 18, 2022
Where: Ashton Villa – 2328 Broadway Avenue J, Galveston, TX 77550 
How Much: Free

Juneteenth Parade and Festival in Galveston

This free event will feature various family activities, including live music, food vendors, a Black artist art walk exhibition, a youth basketball tournament, and more! Also on June 18, Galveston’s annual Juneteenth Parade & Picnic will take place.

Juneteenth Parade and Picnic

Juneteenth Parade

When: Saturday, June 18 from 12 PM-8 PM; Parade: 1 PM – 2 PM, Picnic: 2 PM – 5 PM
 McGuire Dent Recreational Center at Menard Park (2222 28th St.)
Parade Route: Starts at 26th and Avenue H – Ends at 41st and Avenue H Picnic will immediately follow at Wright Cuney Park (718 41st Street).

Also check out our round-up of Juneteenth 2022 Events in Houston! 

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