What: Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the US. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that all enslaved persons were now free. This was an entire two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official January 1, 1863.
Join us for an evening of learning with historian and scholar Carroll R. Gibbs for an in-depth look at the history of Juneteenth in Texas and our regional emancipation celebrations here in DC, Maryland and Virginia along with a sneak peak of the Capital Jewish Museum’s main exhibit which includes an interactive map where you can uncover the history of redlining in DC.
About our speaker:
Mr. Carroll R. Gibbs, a Howard University graduate and DC Humanities Council scholar, is the author/co-author of six books and a frequent national and international lecturer on an array of historical topics. After military service, he began giving public lectures on Black History in 1972. He has appeared several times on the History Channel, French and Belgian television, and he wrote, researched, and narrated “Sketches In Color,” a 13-part companion series to the acclaimed PBS series, “The Civil War” for WHUT-TV, the Howard University television station. He won the 2008 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation in Public Education, given annually by the Mayor of the District of Columbia. In 2015, Mr. Gibbs was chosen as one of the 50 most influential people in the city by the Washington Informer newspaper.
When: Thursday, June 17, 7:00 PM
Where: This program will be virtual.
This program is brought to you in partnership with the Capital Jewish Museum.