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Juneteenth: A Celebration of Resilience is part of a series of on-demand virtual programs hosted by the National Museum of African American History & Culture at: https://nmaahc.si.edu/events/juneteenth


Juneteenth is a time to gather as a family, reflect on the past and look to the future. Discover ways to celebrate this African American cultural tradition of music, food and freedom.

What is Juneteenth?

On June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas. He informed the enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. This momentous occasion has been celebrated as Juneteenth — a combination of June and 19 — for over 150 years.

We will begin this celebration with a rendition of the Negro National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”