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In January 2022, Rep. Marc Veasey of Texas and 33 members of Congress sent a letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee urging them to consider Lee for the Nobel Peace Prize. “As an advocate,” the letter noted, “Ms. Lee’s hopes to establish Juneteenth as a national holiday went far beyond just recognizing the day that the final enslaved people were notified of their freedom. It is also a symbol of her hope that we as Americans can come together and unify against social issues that are plagues on our nation such as homelessness, education inequality, and food insecurity to name a few.”

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The date, since dubbed “Juneteenth,” is now observed annually as a federal holiday to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation’s enforcement and the liberation of the remainder of the enslaved both in Texas and throughout the newly reformed United States. While the Emancipation Proclamation was made law on Jan. 1, 1863, the freedom from slavery wasn’t announced in Texas until Union Major-General Gordon Granger issued General Order #3 in Galveston on June 19, 1865.

Texas was the last state in the rebellion to allow enslavement.”]

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[/tab][tab icon_family=”none” title=”Who is Opal Lee?” id=”1647212712948-3″ tab_id=”1647212712948-10″ sub_desc=”A retired educator and counselor, Opal Lee has dedicated much of her life to preserving the history of Juneteenth. Fondly known as Ms. Opal, she gained national attention in 2016, when at 89, she began a 1,400-mile trek from Fort Worth to Washington, D.C., to petition congress for the recognition of Juneteenth as a national holiday.

Her annual 2.5-mile walks in major cities — the distance a reminder of the 2.5 years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed the enslaved in the South — were lauded by U.S. President Joe Biden, who on June 17, 2021, signed a bi-partisan bill into law, making Juneteenth a federal holiday.

She is the oldest living board member of the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation. At 95 years old, Ms. Opal also leads the Annual Fort Worth Juneteenth Celebration and the urban farming project proudly named Opal’s Farm.”]

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[/tab][tab icon_family=”none” title=”Why a Museum?” id=”1647212712969-2″ tab_id=”1647212712969-2″ sub_desc=”Our original Juneteenth museum was established nearly two decades ago in the Historic Southside neighborhood by Opal Lee, “the grandmother of Juneteenth.”

We’re creating a national museum because we believe it’s the best way to tell the story of freedom with Juneteenth as the starting point.

Through historic artifacts and factual narratives, the museum will educate visitors of the trials and hardships of those enslaved throughout our country’s past, the allies who helped them, and how their perseverance and solidarity together weave into the American tapestry.”]

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[/tab][tab icon_family=”none” title=”Why Fort Worth?” id=”1647212712983-2″ tab_id=”1647212712983-2″ sub_desc=”As white homeowners left, Black families —including Opal Lee’s — moved into Stowe’s neighborhood. On June 19, 1939, just three days after her family settled into East Annie Street, Lee’s home was destroyed in a fire set by a racist mob.

That pivotal night has driven Lee’s advocacy throughout a span of decades to make Juneteenth a national holiday. While Ms. Opal’s walks in major U.S. cities have gained the attention of national leaders, she continues to serve as an agent of change in her home city of Fort Worth. For over 45 years, Lee has ensured commemoration of Juneteenth in the city. Lee established and opened a Juneteenth museum in Fort Worth in 2005 to give the local community exposure to the history of the holiday. The museum was a featured location in the award-nominated Miss Juneteenth movie that premiered in 2019.”]

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[/tab][tab icon_family=”none” title=”What Makes it Unique?” id=”1647212713001-10″ tab_id=”1647212713002-6″ sub_desc=”What will make this new museum the talk of the state? While Galveston is the historic city of the Juneteenth proclamation, North Texas served as a central part of the Southern Underground Railroad. The museum will feature exhibits on the region’s role in this frequently ignored part of history. Thousands of slaves escaped to Mexico through a network of cities in Texas.

A food hall focused on culturally Black cuisine, and a business incubator dedicated to promoting local entrepreneurship is also slated to be built next to the museum. The ultimate goal is to make the museum and the businesses surrounding it Fort Worth’s center of Black culture.”]

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