. A Texas Marketing Company Is Opening a Juneteenth Museum, Promising an Interactive History of the New National Holiday « JO LEE MAGAZINE

ART NET NEWS – “For decades, Juneteenth has been part of the fabric of our city, and this museum is a welcome addition to its incredible legacy,” Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker said in a statement. Juneteenth celebrates the anniversary of the arrival of Union troops in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, informing enslaved African Americans of their emancipation, which had become law on January 1, 1863. The current Juneteenth Museum was founded and run by 95-year-old Opal Lee, who advocated for the date to become a national holiday. Lee launched a campaign in 2016 in which she walked two-and-a-half miles each day.

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