Galveston Historical Foundation

And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story

Get Tickets2328 Broadway | 409-765-7834
Open Thur.-Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sun., noon – 5 p.m.
(Please arrive by 4 p.m. to allow ample time for tour before closing.)
Admission: Adult – $10 | Youth (6-18) – $5 | Children (5 & Under) – Free

General Orders, No. 3, was issued on June 19, 1865. The orders, among others read by General Gordon Granger at sites throughout the city, announced to the people of Texas that all enslaved people were free. This day, now known as Juneteenth, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day, is one of Galveston Island’s most important historical moments and has been marked by remembrance and celebrations almost every year since. In June 2022, Galveston Historical Foundation, led by its African American Heritage Committee, will open a new experience in the carriage house of the 1859 Ashton Villa. And Still We Rise… Galveston’s Juneteenth Story introduces the context and consequences of that announcement from 1865 to the present day, in a long journey towards “absolute equality.”

Understanding the past offers an opportunity to be an advocate for a better life for all mankind. – Tommie Boudreaux, Chair of GFH’s African American Heritage Committee

“Understanding the past offers an opportunity to be an advocate for a better life for all mankind,” explains Tommie Boudreaux, chair of GHF’s African American Heritage Committee. The exhibit draws from over 16 interviews, conducted by Boudreaux, as well as numerous historic documents and histories. The project was done in partnership with New Zealand’s Gibson Group, which recently worked with GHF on their award-winning Ship To Shore interactive experience at Galveston Historic Seaport and will utilize many of the same technological aspects featured there.

This Juneteenth experience introduces visitors and residents alike to the important story from 1865. It’s an opportunity to connect important local sites to the largely under-told piece of Galveston’s history. Galvestonians are long familiar with Juneteenth, but now that it’s a national holiday, more visitors, in person and virtually, can learn through the Ashton Villa experience and connect our island to freedom for others. – Dwayne Jones, GHF Executive Director


In addition to the contemporary histories recorded, the site will feature numerous digital touchpoints to interact with the collected photos, stories, and research. It will also connect visitors to other island Juneteenth offerings.

Galveston has been the source of many important moments in history, none more important than the events of June 19th, 1865. At Galveston Historical Foundation, we’re tasked with helping steward this city’s rich history. We’re grateful for the opportunity to recognize the significance of this moment in our city and our nation’s history. – Dave Jacoby, GHF President


Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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