University of Texas at Arlington

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom

A group of African-American Texans on Juneteenth

Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom

This exhibit, co-sponsored by the UT Arlington Libraries, UT Arlington History Department, and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, will feature over 60 photographs from across the state. The exhibit explores issues that deal with African-American—Texas African-Americans in particular—from Emancipation to the Civil Rights era.

Coinciding with this exhibit, Saturday, March 28, the UT Arlington History Department and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies hosted a half-day workshop for the general public and secondary school teachers designed to explore the origins and impact of the Juneteenth celebrations. It featured two speakers, Shennette Garrett-Scott, University of Mississippi, and Elizabeth Hays-Turner, University of North Texas, both of whom are authorities on the African-American experience. The presentations was followed by a teachers' workshop led by Robert Edison, of the Barack Obama Leadership Academy, Dallas Independent School District.

The exhibit will be on display in Central Library's sixth floor parlor through summer 2015. The exhibit is free and open to all.


Exhibit Dates: 
Saturday, March 28, 2015 to Sunday, August 9, 2015