Juneteenth Lecture Series: The Great Storm of 1900 and it's Impact on Black Galvestonians

Jun 22nd

Juneteenth Lecture Series: The Great Storm of 1900 and it's Impact on Black Galvestonians

On September 8, 1900, a powerful category four storm changed the lives of the 37,789 Galvestonians forever. Learn how African Americans living in Galveston at the time of the storm responded to the events of the worst natural disaster in American history. How did Black survivors manage to stay alive during the storm? How did they save loved ones? How did they participate in the recovery effort? What was life like for them during the construction of the sea wall and the raising of the island? This lecture will provide hidden research about the resiliency and tenacity of Black Galvestonians on September 8, 1900, and the days that followed.

About: Dr. Araminta Coleman Sorrell is a Galveston resident, a City Certified Tourism Ambassador (CTA), and a retired educator. She is certified by the state of Texas as a secondary social studies and K-12 special education teacher. She earned a PhD in education from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Dr. Sorrell is a frequent volunteer at the Nia Cultural Center and is the Vice President of the Galveston United Juneteenth Alliance. Dr. Araminta Coleman Sorrell is the owner and operator of Juneteenth and Beyond Guided Tours, and she was born and raised in Washington, D.C.