Galveston Historical Foundation

New Release! Galveston’s Juneteenth Story

Join authors Tommie Boudreaux and Alice Gatson as they present the newest book from Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee, Galveston’s Juneteenth Story…And Still We Rise.

This special book signing and author discussion will be held at the 1859 Ashton Villa, 2328 Broadway, on Thursday, February 15, starting at 11:30 a.m. Admission is free, and individuals who purchase a copy of the book will have complimentary access to the And Still We Rise… exhibit located in the Ashton Villa carriage house.


Issued in Galveston on June 19, 1865, General Orders, No. 3 announced to the people of Texas that all slaves were free. It is one of the Island’s most important historical moments. Although Juneteenth has now become the basis for a national holiday, many Americans wonder how and why this date emerged as the basis for the oldest continually celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery. To even begin to answer these questions, it is necessary to return to the historic roots of the event itself.

Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee tracks Emancipation Day observances through previously unknown images and untold stories, which are also part of an interactive exhibit experience at Ashton Villa, the site of Galveston’s citywide Juneteenth celebration.



Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency, and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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