In addition to a free admission day on June 5, the Eiteljorg will host a virtual celebration of Juneteenth with a day of virtual events and activities on June 19 – including live and recorded performances, panel discussions, and more. Check back soon for more details.
Juneteenth, a brief history:
On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas to bring the news that the Civil War had ended and to ensure all enslaved people were freed. As the news spread, so too did the celebrations – Juneteenth, also known as Jubilee Day, Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, was born. Today, 47 states have passed legislation recognizing Juneteenth as a holiday, and you can find people across the country celebrating with barbecues, parades, prayers services, music and more.
The Eiteljorg Celebrates Juneteenth:
In honor of the 150th anniversary, the Eiteljorg hosted its first Juneteenth celebration in 2015 with community partners, performances, food, art and free museum admission. That event was so popular, we decided to make to it an annual tradition at the museum, extending free museum admission to all on the first Saturday in June. Though the current pandemic put a damper on the some experiences offered in the past, it has afforded us space and time to grow the festival online. In 2021, we look forward to offering both an online and a scaled down in-person event, to keep our visitors safe. We hope you’ll join us in the way that makes you feel most comfortable.