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November 27, 2014

Juneteenth to get historical marker

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Posted: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:02 am

GALVESTON — Juneteenth is finally getting a Texas Historical Marker.

The Texas Historical Commission has recognized the events that occurred in Galveston on June 19, 1865, as a significant part of Texas history by awarding Juneteenth an official marker. The designation honors Juneteenth as an important and educational part of state history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be at 10 a.m. June 21 in downtown Galveston, at 22nd Street and The Strand. Speakers for the morning will include elected officials from across the state. 

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the Texas Historical Commission. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.”

Hank Thierry, chair of Galveston Historic Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee, said: “The establishment of a Juneteenth marker in downtown Galveston will allow all visitors to our historic downtown to appreciate the significance of what happened on June 19, 1865. Our committee believes the marker placement in downtown Galveston gives the most accurate, documented, historically significant venue to honor Juneteenth. The world will now know the exact location where General Granger issued General Orders No. 3.”

For information on the Juneteenth marker dedication, contact Will Wright, director of marketing and special events for the Galveston Historical Foundation, at 409-765-3404 or will.wright@galves tonhistory.org.