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A Celebration of Freedom

This year marks the 156th anniversary of Juneteenth in the U.S.!

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War ended, and that the enslaved were now free. This announcement was more than two and a half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth at The Wright

Due to precautions around COVID-19, The Wright will celebrate online, with some in-person elements. Stay tuned for programming updates!


There are many kinds of freedom: Freedom from enslavement, Freedom of Choice, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Religion, and Political Freedom, to name a few. In these turbulent times, it is important not only to amplify the voices of our youth but also to support their long-term efforts to organize their communities.

The Wright Museum asked one question to children everywhere: What does freedom mean to you?  Check out this stellar response from 9-year-old Cameron!

“Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That’s why we need this holiday.”
Texas Rep. Al Edwards