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01 Mar

The Juneteenth Legacy Project

Abraham Lincoln spoke memorable words on January 1st, 1863, but it was not until two and a half years later on June 19, 1865 that enslaved people were truly freed. Fast forward to the last couple of years, Sam Collins, president of the nonprofit organization The Juneteenth Legacy Project, along with Project Vice-chairs Sheridan Lorenz and Steven Creitz, wanted to educate the city and celebrate exactly where Union General Gordon Granger issued those orders in Texas. When making a trip to Galveston, experiencing the mural in person should be a checkmark off your to-do list. Led by artist Reginald C. Adams and a group known as The Creatives, the Juneteenth Legacy Project Mural is a chronological, captivating story of American history painted on the side of the former Granger Headquarters, now Old Galveston Square, at 22nd Street and Strand. This historical event took place in what is now a parking lot and the mural is named “Absolute Equality.” 

The NIA Cultural Center; the official sponsor of The Juneteenth Legacy Project and home to fun, educational events throughout the year, is located just around the corner from the mural, in Old Galveston Square. Make sure when you get into Galveston you swing by the Nia Cultural Center! For additional information on what to do while visiting, stop by the Galveston Island Visitor Information Center at the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce. Open 7 days a week until 5 pm, the Visitor Information Center is your guide to the whole island including sleep accommodations and guided tours.