The June 19 Museum Inc. has acquired the Customs House in Galveston from DSW Homes to establish a boutique museum dedicated to Juneteenth. The company is transforming the historic site into the Customs House – Juneteenth Museum.
This new center will feature a boutique hotel, restaurant and educational activities that support the national celebration of Juneteenth. It will also be an experiential museum that will use virtual and augmented reality to celebrate global diversity and inclusion through the historical significance of Juneteenth.
Historians recognize the site as the birthplace of Juneteenth, where on June 19, 1865, U.S. Major General Gordon Granger announced the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, released two years prior. The emancipation of slavery in Galveston ended that practice, giving birth to the Juneteenth holiday.
Customs House – Juneteenth Museum is scheduled to open in time for the 2022 Juneteenth celebration. The museum’s location will be in the commercial center of downtown Galveston and a short walk from the historic Strand area.
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