Eugene Jones Explains the History of Juneteenth

Thursday, June 10, 2021

A Message from Terri Graham, Interim President, West and Downtown Campuses

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19th as African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Eugene Jones, executive dean, Downtown Campus, explains the history of Juneteenth and why it’s important to celebrate it as a community in the video below.

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  • Stanton said:

    Eugene thank you for sharing the reason why Juneteenth is important to celebrate as a community. Our American history is filled with richness, uncomfortable truth, and sustainable hope. Again, thank you Eugene for calling us to celebrate and reflect on Juneteenth.

    “No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main." John Donne

    PMFri, 11 Jun 2021 16:22:22 +0000Fri, 11 Jun 2021 16:22:22 +0000pm21,4:22 pm

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