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AHC Provides Photos for National Juneteenth Recognition

The first federal Juneteenth holiday sparked a flurry of national news coverage about the celebration's origins, and the Austin History Center provided many of the historic photos used in that news coverage. Interim Division Manager for the AHC, Nancy Toombs, said the AHC provided historic Juneteenth photos for international publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Geographic, and others, as well as for local publications around the country such as the Minnesota Historical Society. Many of the articles explained the story of how Union soldiers arrived in Galveston June 19, 1865, and informed Texas slaves about the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by President Abraham Lincoln more than two years earlier, but had been muted in Texas until the end of the Civil War.

Below is a list of online posts containing the AHC Juneteenth photos. Some posts are only available to subscribers.

  • The Wall Street Journal

  • The National Museum of African American History and Culture

  • The Smithsonian

  • Emory University

  • The Atlanta History Center

  • Boise State Public Radio

  • Minnesota Historical Society

  • KHOU-TV, Houston

  • National Geographic

  • National Geographic Kids

· Small Exhibit Installation at ABIA Visitor’s Center

  • The New York Times

  • The Washington Post

Stephenson, Mrs. Charles (Grace Murray). [Emancipation Day Celebration band, June 19, 1900], photograph, June 19, 1900; ( accessed June 28, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

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