The celebration of Juneteenth is bittersweet. The holiday marks the day that Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and that the enslaved were free: June 19, 1865—two and a half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, which had become official on January 1, 1863. It's certainly a time of celebration—and one of contemplation, education, and remembrance. Here is what we hope is a mix of those things in our guide map of places and ways to observe Juneteenth in and around Austin.
If you’re inspired to explore more African-American history in Austin, take a look at our map guide to some related local landmarks.Read More