Juneteenth Lecture, Exhibit of General Order No. 3
Galveston Historical Foundation welcomes the public to a free Juneteenth lecture and document viewing at Menard Hall, 1605 33rd Street, Saturday, June 13th. The lecture, given by Dr. Deborah L. Mack (right), will begin at 10 am and will describe the mission, vision and goals that have shaped the development of the Washington D.C.’s National African American Museum of History and Culture, a Smithsonian museum. Dr. Mack will also highlight places and stories that will be featured in the inaugural exhibits and programs at the NAAMHC and will share some of the open access strategies for shared information that are presently in development. Reservations are free with RSVP.
“GHF is pleased to bring to Galveston one of the significant individuals involved in the development of this new museum,” states GHF Executive Director, Dwayne Jones. “We feel her introduction to our island’s rich African American history will be help all of us continue to promote and educate visitors and residents about this under-represented story.”
Immediately following the lecture until noon, guests will have the opportunity to view an original print of General Order No. 3. Provided by the Dallas Historical Society. General Order No. 3 was issued by Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, the order was an official enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation issued by Abraham Lincoln. It was posted in county courthouses and read aloud by plantation owners across Texas to circulate the news to the state’s 250,000 slaves. The date of the order became an impromptu holiday in the years after 1865. June 19, soon shortened to Juneteenth, was marked by picnics, music festivals, family reunions and political activities. It is the only known copy of the document and the first time it has been exhibited in Galveston.
“We are excited to bring an authentic copy of General Order Number 3 to Galveston where it was once a key piece of the beginnings of Juneteenth,” explains Jones. “We hope everyone gets to see the document and continue to learn about the importance of this event and its legacy in the nation.”