The City of Galveston’s proclamation of June 19, 1991 as “Emancipation Proclamation—Juneteenth 1991.” Juneteenth Celebration Collection, MS91-0008. Rosenberg Library, Galveston, Texas.

The Galveston and Texas History Center (GTHC) has books, manuscript collections, and photograph collections available to research Juneteenth, or Emancipation Day for African-Americans who learned of their freedom from slavery on June 19, 1865, in Galveston.

To search for manuscript collections, go to the Archives Catalog. To search for books, go to the Library Catalog. For more information about Special Collections Photographs, visit our Photo Albums & Special Collections Inventory.


Susanne King Collection, Special Collections #58

    Includes photos of activities in Galveston’s Black community, including Juneteenth photos in File 29.

    Juneteenth Celebration Color Snapshots and Negatives, Special Collections #123

      Photos taken by former Rosenberg Library employee Julia Dunn of the Juneteenth celebration on June 19, 1989.

      Juneteenth Celebration Photographs, Special Collections #141

        Photos taken of the Juneteenth celebration parade on June 19, 1991.

        St. Vincent's Episcopal House Collection, Special Collections #177

          Contains more photographs of Juneteenth celebrations in Galveston.

          Juneteenth Legacy Project Album, Special Collections #292

          Photograph album book containing images of the 2021 Juneteenth celebration in Galveston, Texas, and the Juneteenth mural "Absolute Equality," created by artist Reginald C. Adams, at the corner of 22nd Street and the Strand.

          Juneteenth Celebration Collection, MS91-0008.

            Letters, programs, writings, and other printed materials relating to the 1991 Juneteenth celebration in Galveston, sponsored by St. Vincent's House.

            Alfreda Houston Papers, MS2001-0008.

              Contains programs, bulletins, and other printed materials for various Juneteenth programs in Galveston in Box 1, File 13.

              "Juneteenth" Vertical File

                Files containing newspaper clippings, brochures, and other printed documents relating to the history of Juneteenth and Juneteenth celebrations in Galveston.

                Juneteenth: the Story Behind the Celebration
                . Cotham, Edward T. E 185.93 .T4 2021.

                Juneteenth 101: Popular Myths and Forgotten Facts. Norman-Cox, D. J. E 185.93 .T4 N676 2020.

                On Juneteenth, Annette Gordon-Reed. E 185.93 .T4 G67 2021.

                OTHER RESOURCES

                Plaque Awarded to Alfreda Houston (Rosenberg Library Museum Object)

                Juneteenth Chairman Award plaque presented to Alfreda Houston, 1985.

                Galveston Freedom Walk

                Self-guided tour of five historic sites related to Juneteenth in Galveston, created by the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

                The Juneteenth Legacy Project

                Outdoor art installation and storytelling space featuring “Absolute Equality,” a mural depicting the genesis of Juneteenth in Galveston.

                Updated 2021-11-17 KK