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in 1865, enslaved african americans were notified of their freedom by union troops in galveston bay, tx—two years after the emancipation proclamation was issued.
known as #juneteenth, this day is widely celebrated as the end of chattel slavery in the u.s. juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. though it has long been celebrated among the african american community, it is a history that has been marginalized and still remains largely unknown to the wider public. the legacy of juneteenth shows the value of deep hope and urgent organizing in uncertain times.
this museum is a community space where that spirit can continue to live on – where histories like this one can surface, and new stories with equal urgency can be told. #apeoplesjourney #anationsstory
📸: juneteenth emancipation day celebration, june 19, 1900, texas, courtesy austin history center.