The Galveston Historical Foundation, led by its African American Heritage Committee is about to unveil a unique experience in the carriage house of the 1859 Ashton Villa in June 2022. “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.”
New Juneteenth exhibit – “And Still We Rise…Galveston’s Juneteenth Story” by Galveston Historical Foundation – What to Expect
On June 19, 1865, General Orders No. 3 was issued. The orders, read by General Gordon Granger at several locations throughout the city, declared that all enslaved individuals in Texas were now free. This day, today is known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is one of Galveston Island’s most significant historical events, commemorated and celebrated practically every year since.
“Understanding the past offers an opportunity to be an advocate for a better life for all mankind,” explains Tommie Boudreaux, chair of GHF’s African American Heritage Committee. The exhibit draws from over 16 interviews, conducted by Boudreaux, as well as numerous historic documents and histories. The project was done in partnership with New Zealand’s Gibson Group, which recently worked with GHF on their award-winning Ship To Shore interactive experience at Galveston Historic Seaport and will utilize many of the same technological aspects featured there.
“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. Galvestonians are long familiar with Juneteenth, but now that it’s a national holiday, more visitors, in person and virtually, can learn through the Ashton Villa experience and connect our island to freedom for others.” – Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director
In addition to the contemporary histories recorded, the site will feature numerous digital touchpoints to interact with the collected photos, stories, and research. It will also connect visitors to other island Juneteenth offerings.
“Galveston has been the source of many important moments in history, none more important than the events of June 19th, 1865. At Galveston Historical Foundation, we’re tasked with helping steward this city’s rich history. We’re grateful for the opportunity to recognize the significance of this moment in our city and our nation’s history.” – Dave Jacoby, GHF President
New Juneteenth exhibit – “And Still We Rise…Galveston’s Juneteenth Story” by Galveston Historical Foundation – Opening Date, Tickets, and more
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. Tickets are available at www.galvestonhistory.org/
Additional details and updates are available on the Galveston Historical Foundation website.
About Galveston Historical Foundation
GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and then merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity that would work toward historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Learn more about the Galveston Historical Foundation.
Note: All images and information used in this article are credited to Galveston Historical Foundation.
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