Do you know the story of #Juneteenth? On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas, with the news that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as “Juneteenth,” by the newly freed people in Texas. Make sure to follow Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture today to learn more and celebrate the holiday.
Juneteenth is a time to celebrate, gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. The National Museum of African American History and Culture invites you to engage in your history and discover ways to celebrate this holiday. Join us today for an online celebration of #Juneteenth! Enjoy a discussion of the Juneteenth holiday led by the Museum’s Oral Historian, a genealogy exercise, and a tale celebrating the ancestors: nmaahc.si.edu/events/juneteenth
Beginning our celebration with Lift Every Voice and Sing, covered by Rochelle Rice. "Lift Every Voice and Sing" was originally a poem, written by James Weldon Johnson. The poem was set to music by Johnson's brother, and later adopted as the official song by the NAACP. It is commonly known as the Negro National Anthem.