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The Wilson Center Commemorates the 158th Anniversary of Juneteenth

The Wilson Center commemorates the 158th anniversary of Juneteenth, when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to declare the abolition of slavery two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after the end of the Civil War.

Juneteenth serves as a celebration of the Black freedom gained following slavery. Even more so, it is a celebration of Black American life and resilience and honors the contributions of Black Americans to this country. Juneteenth reminds us that real change, though often frustrating and painful, is possible through dedication and endurance. 

This Juneteenth, the Wilson Center is rededicated to addressing structural racism and racial disparities, more fully understanding our complex national history, and informing policymakers about how the United States can move closer toward becoming more equitable, including highlighting the importance of this historic day.

As former Texas State Representative Al Edwards said,

Every year we must remind successive generations that this event triggered a series of events that one by one defines the challenges and responsibilities of successive generations. That's why we need this holiday.