Last year, with the stroke of a pen, President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth law as a national holiday. Some Americans were hearing the Juneteenth story for the first time. Others knew a very limited version of what happened in Galveston on June 19, 1865 – only that it celebrated the emancipation announcement. There’s a lot more to the story and it’s important that we tell a fuller story.
In November 2020, the Juneteenth Legacy Project was organized and formed a strategic partnership with the Nia Cultural Center, a longtime nonprofit organization in Galveston. One of the first goals of the partnership was to complete a 5,000 square foot mural highlighting the journey of freedom in Texas. Galveston residents and visitors to the island can use augmented reality to learn more about the story by scanning the mural using the Uncover Everything app.