Act 48: Juneteenth: From Slavery to Freedom

Saturday, June 11, 2022 • 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Heinz History Center

Please join us for a professional development and learning opportunity at the History Center! 

June 19th, also known as Juneteenth, commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Army Gen. Gordon Granger proclaimed the end of slavery to individuals in Galveston, TX, two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This day has been recognized as “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day” by African-American communities over the years. On June 17, 2021,  President Joe Biden signed the bill making Juneteenth the eleventh American federal holiday. 

Learn about and deepen your understanding of Juneteenth and its history both nationally and regionally. Professional museum staff will share primary sources and local stories from the collections. Participants will leave with curriculum resources to connect their classroom teaching to the Heinz History Center’s resources.  

This program has been canceled.

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This event is part of the 2022 Civic Season. Held annually between Juneteenth and July 4th, Civic Season is a new tradition for learning and action, hosted by more than 300 cultural institutions nationwide along with the next generation shaping our nation’s future, and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate.  This summer, celebrate what you stand for. Get started