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Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth marks the emancipation of the last enslaved people on June 19, 1865 in Galveston, Texas, ending the institution of chattel slavery in the United States. At Colonial Williamsburg, we are celebrating this important holiday by highlighting our ongoing work sharing the untold stories of African Americans, bond and free, and reflecting “on freedoms denied in previous centuries,” as actor interpreters Deirdre Jones and Hope Wright write in the blog post below. Each June 19, we invite you to join us in commemorating this day. Sign up for our emails and check back closer to June 2021 to learn more about our onsite programming.

Learn About Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth?

Bringing the Past to Life: From Archaeologists to Actors

Why We Celebrate Juneteenth

Watch the playlist below to hear from Colonial Williamsburg President Cliff Fleet, actor interpreters, and archaeologists about why Juneteenth is important.

Juneteenth at Custis Square

Additional Reading

Exploring African American History Through Music

Resources for Understanding Race and Inequality Through History

Slavery & Remembrance

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