We simply received our first glimpse at renderings for the brand new Nationwide Juneteenth Museum in Fort Price, Texas. The museum will inform the story behind Juneteenth and Opal Lee — the 95-year-old Fort Price girl who spearheaded the motion to make June 19 a nationwide vacation.
A Dream Come True
The museum shall be on town’s historic southside and can protect and have fun Juneteenth whereas additionally educating friends on the importance of the vacation and the motion behind it. Building is predicted to start on the 50,000-square-foot museum subsequent 12 months, with plans for reveals, discussions, and dwell occasions.
“Seeing the nationwide museum transferring ahead is a dream fulfilled,” says Lee, who can be a founding board member for the Nationwide Juneteenth Museum. “I’ve had a bit Juneteenth Museum in that very spot for nearly 20 years, and to see it turn into a central place for dialogue, collaboration and studying appears to be the providential subsequent step — from my strolling marketing campaign to Washington, D.C., the petition, and having Juneteenth declared a federal vacation. It’s mind-boggling, however I’m glad to see all of it come to go.”
Lead designer BIG-Bjark Ingels Group is partnering with North Texas-based, African American-owned KAI Enterprises on the design.
“Our hope is that this constructing will turn into a gateway to the Historic Southside group of Fort Price whereas serving as a nationwide and international vacation spot,” says Douglass Alligood, Associate, BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group. “Juneteenth just isn’t solely American historical past — it’s world historical past.”
Why It’s So Private For Opal Lee
Texas was the final state within the Union to outlaw slavery. Regardless that the Emancipation Proclamation made the apply unlawful in 1863, phrase didn’t attain slaves in Texas till 2 years later — on June nineteenth, 1865.
The day has been celebrated as “Juneteenth” ever since. However Lee, who calls Fort Price dwelling, made it a private mission to see the day noticed as a federal vacation. For many years, she has led 2.5-mile walks by way of america to lift consciousness, representing the two.5 years it took for information of freedom to achieve slaves in Texas. In 2016, Lee — who was then 89 years previous — led a stroll from Fort Price to Washington, D.C to foyer President Barack Obama to declare Juneteenth a federal vacation. In June 2021, she received her want.