Group plans to build Juneteenth National Museum in Fort Worth – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


Fort Worth may soon be home to the National Juneteenth Museum, preserving the history of the National Day and promoting historical education about oppression and freedom.

Fort Worth-based public affairs and marketing firm The Sable Group said on Tuesday it plans to build the museum in historic Fort Worth Southside on the same land that currently houses Opal’s Juneteenth Museum. Lee.

Juneteenth – a mix of June and 19th – marks the day in 1865 that the Emancipation Proclamation was officially recognized in Texas. It was two and a half years after the signing of President Abraham Lincoln and two and a half months after the end of the Civil War.

Lee, who celebrated her 95th birthday earlier this month, is of course well known for her life of working to gain national recognition for Juneteenth.

Each year, Lee travels 2 1/2 miles to symbolize the time it took for slaves in Texas to learn their freedom. Her annual walks and relentless pursuit of recognition for the holidays took her to the White House this year, where she stood alongside Vice President Kamala Harris as President Joe Biden signed the law on the Day of the Day. national independence day of June, marking the day as the country’s 11th federal holiday.

“Having lived long enough to see my walk and my conversation make an impact is one thing, but knowing that a cutting edge museum that will house the pen President Biden used to sign the bill and many other exhibits is coming through. also… I could do my sacred dance again! ”Lee said in a statement.

The Sable Group said the museum will be part of a mixed-use development that will help revitalize the city’s historic Southside district and should focus on preserving Juneteenth’s history and host discussions about oppression and the history of freedom.

In addition, he will educate guests on the legacy and experiences of slaves and provide factual accounts of people who overcame the trials and hardships of oppression. Exploring the richness of American tapestry and of the global web is the ultimate goal of museum directors, “the organizers said in a statement.

The museum will be the latest addition to Fort Worth’s collection of world-class museums, including The Modern, Kimbell Art Museum, Amon Carter Museum of Art, National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame, Sid Richardson Museum and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, among others.

“Juneteenth has been part of the fabric of our city for decades, and this museum is a welcome addition to its incredible heritage,” Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker said in the press release.

In an email to NBC 5, The Sable Group said it plans to raise $ 25-30 million to build the museum and that funding will come from a variety of sources, including individual and corporate donors and government partners. The museum is expected to open in early 2024.

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