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The Birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston Island holds a special place in the United States and African American history.
But the richness of this history goes well beyond celebrating Emancipation. From being home to the first historically African American secondary school and public library in Texas to being the hometown of World Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson, Galveston has long fought to preserve the knowledge of African American accomplishments and heritage on the island, holding dear the many historic sites and monuments that live on to tell the story.
pictured: Absolute Equality Mural
Galveston has figured prominently in the history of Texas, including in its African American history. Important links to Galveston’s African American heritage can be found throughout the city, in the form of historic buildings, monuments, and parks.
Juneteenth and General Order No. 3, read on June 19, 1865, announcing that all slaves were free, is one of Galveston’s most important historical moments. Take this self-guided Freedom Walk to learn about 5 historic sites and their importance to Juneteenth.
Where the Texas Coast begins.
by Cody Neathery
by J.R. Shaw
by J.R. Shaw