Juneteenth Celebrations

Experience Galveston's historic connection with Juneteenth.

When you head to Galveston this summer, you’ll be coming home to where it all began as the island hosts festivities to celebrate Juneteenth – a holiday that originated in this historic beach town.

9 foot tall bronze statue of Ashton Villa to commemorate the Juneteenth holiday in Galveston TX

Celebrating Black History & Culture in Galveston – the Birthplace of Juneteenth

The Birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston Island holds a special place in 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.

Juneteenth Galveston logo with fist over image of the state of Texas. Logo reads "Where it all began"
2022 Juneteenth Events
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Come out and meet Aceia "Ace" Spade - the 2021 National Miss Juneteenth. The Churchill High School senior was awarded the national title in October 2021 during the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation Annual Conference in Tulsa.

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Tour historic Juneteenth sites with a Freedom Walk Tour on Memorial Day with a special guest, Miss National Juneteenth 2021, Aceia Spade.

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Join us for the 25th Annual Juneteenth Banquet at the Old Central Cultural Center on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. The special guest speaker will be State Representative Senfronia Thompson of Houston, Texas.

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Join us for the annual Juneteenth Inc. Scholarship Gala at the Old Central Cultural Center on Sunday, June 5, 2022. This annual scholarship gala celebrates the heritage of Juneteenth in Galveston. The event will raise funds for local scholarships and crown the 2022 Miss Juneteenth.

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Join us for the 8th Annual Juneteenth Gala at Ashton Villa on Thursday, June 9, 2022. The Gala Speaker will be Texas State Representative & Chairman Dr. Greg Bonnen.

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Join us during the Juneteenth Poetry Festival. The festival will highlight local venues of historic significance through dynamic poetry events, creative writing workshops and readings by prominent nationally and internationally acclaimed poets and authors. Events will be updated as venues and poet rosters are confirmed.

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"Memory Keepers" or Tour Guides will lead Freedom Walk tours that offer an immersive experience that takes visitors on the march of freedom to the sites of emancipation where Major General Gordon Granger read the historic General Order No. 3.

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The Inaugural Juneteenth Success In Business® Minority & Women Business Enterprise Empowerment Summit & Procurement Fair. This event will take place at Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Avenue M, Galveston, TX, on Friday, June 17, 2022, from 2PM-5PM. Free admission to the public, Light refreshments will be served. State, Local and Federal Agencies Free to Exhibit. Private Companies with contract opportunities, Resource Agencies and Business Organization will pay a $50 fee to exhibit.

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Join us on June 15, 2022, from 2PM to 3:30PM for a FREE Juneteenth history webinar. Learn from local historians and organizations who preserve and safeguard the history, events, stories and memories centered around this important day in the nation’s history!

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Local elected officials and family members will be present at Ashton Villa to pay homage to former State Representative Al Edwards.

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Annual Historic Parade celebrating the Legacy of Juneteenth followed by a picnic at Wright Cuney Park.

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).

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Old Central Cultural Central in collaboration with the Galveston County Food Bank will distribute complimentary food to Galveston County Senior Citizens.

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The 2022 Juneteenth Festival will be held on the Historical grounds of McGuire Dent Recreational Center, known today as Menard Park 2222-28th Street on the Seawall. Food vendors, entrepreneur showcases, the Black Artist Artwalk Exhibition, the 1st Juneteenth "Making Moves" Youth Basketball Tournament, live entertainment and more!

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The Historic Avenue L Missionary Baptist Church will host a Juneteenth celebration program with speakers, choirs, and more to help celebrate a rich heritage.

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The Galveston Railroad Museum will present the second speaker of the 2022 Oral History Program, Legacy of the Railroad, featuring Pullman Porter George Lewis, on Saturday, June 18 at the train depot.

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General Order #3 Reenactment and the 1861 Galveston Custom House Museum Christening. Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.

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The Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church's Emancipation March reenacts the first celebration of emancipation that took place in Galveston on January 1, 1866. A diverse group of over 800 men, women and children took part in the historic processional.

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Join us to celebrate the birthplace of Juneteenth on the historic grounds with music, live performances, and historic reenactments. This event is completely free and open to the public.

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Taking freedom to new heights join us on the rooftop as we kick off our inaugural celebration with hor d'oeuvres, dancing, photo booth, and much more as we celebrate Juneteenth “Emancipation Day” Saturday, June 11 at 8PM with the Ivy Isle Foundation of Texas along with Beta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

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Visit the Juneteenth “Absolute Equality” Mural

The much-anticipated “Absolute Equality” mural, which illustrates the journey of Black Americans out of slavery into freedom, was dedicated during a ceremony on Juneteenth in Galveston in 2021. You can visit this mural anytime at 2201 Strand St.

Absolute Equality Mural honoring the Juneteenth holiday in Galveston TX

About the "Absolute Equality" Mural

The 5,000 square-foot mural, created by Houston-based Reginald C. Adams, was painted on the side of the Old Galveston Square building, located at 22nd and Strand in downtown Galveston. The massive art installation was an initiative of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, an organization which aimed to raise awareness about Juneteenth and contribute to a growing push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. In June of 2021, this goal became a reality when Juneteenth was officially announced as a federal holiday.

Juneteenth, or June 19, marks the day in 1865 that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, which announced the freedom of more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state of Texas – one of the last groups of slaves to be freed in the United States.

Tour on Your Terms

In Galveston, you can explore African American history in living color thanks to a new interactive tour app. The tour, found here, allows visitors to take a self-guided journey to learn about the island’s many historically black institutions and monuments celebrating black accomplishments.

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Take this self-guided Freedom Walk to learn about 5 historic sites and their importance to Juneteenth. From Pier 21 and the Middle Passage marker to Galveston's historic Ashton Villa, you'll learn more about Juneteenth with this tour!

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