Celebrating Black History & Culture in Galveston – the Birthplace of 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.
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.
While Juneteenth was not always as popular, it has been important since June 19, 1865, and Galvestonians have been celebrating it ever since. The single-day celebration over the years has evolved into multiple-day events.