Juneteenth Experiences in Galveston

As the birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston is overflowing with opportunities to dig deep into the history behind its celebration. Here at the Rosenberg Library and Galveston and Texas History Center, you can find a wide variety of experiences and resources unique to Galveston to get you into the Juneteenth spirit.

Hear from experts at these special June Events.

 Juneteenth Experiences in Galveston

History of Juneteenth in Galveston with Roy Collins, III

Saturday, June 15, 11am, Wortham Auditorium

Hear Roy Collins, III, son of former teacher, musician, and author Izola Ethel Fedford Collins (Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started), speak about the history of Juneteenth as it relates to Galveston and how it has been observed and celebrated over the years up to the present day. The presentation will be accompanied by a display of Juneteenth-related items from the Galveston and Texas History Center.

 Juneteenth Experiences in Galveston

An Evening with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

Friday, June 21, 5pm, Trustees Hall

Meet the couple behind the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection, featured in CBS Saturday Morning and Good Morning America. The Galveston and Texas History Center will display items relating to African American history in Galveston.

 Juneteenth Experiences in Galveston

Passion and Politics in Galveston: The Cuney Family of Texas

Saturday, June 22, 10:45am, Fox Room

The Cuneys are an illustrious Afro-Texas family: they include political leader Norris Wright Cuney, teacher and lawyer Joseph Cuney, concert pianist and author Maud Cuney Hare and Harlem Renaissance poet Waring Cuney. They descend from Col. Philip Cuny, one of the largest landowners in Texas, and his life companion and former bondswoman, Adeline Stuart. Join us for the fascinating story of the Cuney family, told through photos and original documents of Galveston ‘s African American community.

Visit the Galveston and Texas History Center

Do you love to see original documents and photos? The Galveston and Texas History Center is a treasure trove for people trying to connect to the past. Get access to slave deeds, archived newspapers, photos, and so much more, all for free. Get the most out of your visit by making an appointment: contact us at 409.763.8854 Ext 126 or gthc@rosenberg-library.org.

The Galveston and Texas History Center is located on the 4th floor of Rosenberg Library.

Explore our Archives

Did you know we have curated galleries and resources on African American History? Start your journey of discovery today!

Galveston and Texas History Center:


Black Galveston

Looking for something specific? Make an appointment with us at gthc@rosenberg-Library.org.

Rosenberg Library E-Library:

Black Freedom Struggle in the United States

Black Life in America

Find more at Rosenberg Library e-Library. All resources are accessible for free with a Rosenberg Library card.