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A Celebration of Freedom

This year marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth in the U.S. Enjoy The Wright Museum's Juneteenth digital celebration!

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 is taking our traditional Juneteenth celebration and moving it online this year! See below for digital events and activities you can take part in from the comfort of your own home:

In Case You Missed It Launch commemorated the 155th Anniversary of Juneteenth as a combined effort between Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Detroit, MI), Historic Mitchelville Freedom Park (Hill Head Island, SC), Northwest African American Museum (Seattle, WA), Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater (Miami, FL), National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), and the National Civil Rights Museum (Memphis, TN).

Through educational content, artistic performances, and shareable discussion prompts, this collaborative endeavor explores the meaning and relevance of “Freedom”, “Justice” and “Democracy” in African American life.


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