2328 Broadway | 409-765-7834
Open Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
(Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow ample time to tour before closing.)
Admission: Adult – $10 | Youth (6-18) – $5 | Children (5 & Under) – Free
PLEASE NOTE: And Still We Rise will be closed on November 5-6.General Orders, No. 3, was issued on June 19, 1865. The orders, among others read by General Gordon Granger at sites throughout the city, announced to the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free. This day, now known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is one of Galveston Island’s most important historical moments and has been marked by remembrance and celebrations almost every year since. The Galveston Juneteenth exhibit is now open, featuring an interactive experience through the nation’s newest federal holiday.
And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story located in the carriage house of the 1859 Ashton Villa and overseen by Galveston Historical Foundation’s African American Heritage Committee, introduces the context and consequences of that announcement from 1865 to the present day, in a long journey towards “absolute equality.”
Understanding the past offers an opportunity to be an advocate for a better life for all mankind. – Tommie Boudreaux, Chair of GFH’s African American Heritage Committee
The Galveston Juneteenth exhibit draws from over 16 interviews conducted by Boudreaux, as well as numerous historic documents and histories. The project was done in partnership with New Zealand’s Gibson Group, which recently worked with GHF on their award-winning Ship To Shore interactive experience at Galveston Historic Seaport and utilizes many of the same technological aspects featured there.
In addition to the contemporary histories recorded, the site will feature numerous digital touchpoints to interact with the collected photos, stories, and research. It will also connect visitors to other island Juneteenth offerings.
ABOUT GALVESTON HISTORICAL FOUNDATION
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.