Original Juneteenth Museum in Fort Worth, Texas destroyed by fire

Yesterday a fire at the site of the original Juneteenth Museum destroyed the institution started by activist, educator, and 2022 Nobel Peace Prize nominee Opal Lee. The Museum commemorates the holiday, which celebrates the news of the Emancipation Proclamation reaching Galveston, Texas on June 19, 1865, nearly two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the edict.

Lee, dubbed the “grandmother of Juneteenth” opened the small museum nearly 20 years ago in a residential building situated at the corner of Rosedale Street and Evans Avenue in Fort Worth. The site was also the filming location used in the 2019 film Miss Juneteenth.

Lee, aged 96,

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