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Juneteenth and Emancipation in America (ZOOM Webinar)

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum Foundation

  • 9 June 2021
  • Author: Elaine Evans
  • Number of views: 40

Event date: 6/9/2021 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Export event

On June 19th, 1865, States Major General Gordon Granger read General Orders No. 3 from the balcony of a house in Galveston, Texas. The orders transmitted the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed more than two years prior by Abraham Lincoln, to the residents of Texas. Public awareness of Juneteenth outside of the state of Texas has grown exponentially in recent years. How does Juneteenth fit within the broader story of slavery and Emancipation in the United States?

Join us for a lively discussion with Curtis Harris, PhD candidate and Adjunct Professor at American University in Washington, DC, and seventh-generation Texan, Curtis Harris (@curtismharris), to learn more about the history of Juneteenth, along with special guests from: Juneteenth Inc. and the Illinois State Museum. Learn more about this and other programs of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Foundation.

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