Updated: Apr 6
MP4 Video File | Juneteenth Legacy Project | February 1, 2021
Galveston (February 1, 2021)—In conjunction with the start of Black History Month in the United States, the Juneteenth Legacy Project held a virtual media briefing to formally announce the development of “Absolute Equality,” a 5,000 square foot mural and massive storytelling space in Galveston, on the site of the genesis of Juneteenth.
In 2020, nationwide protests against racism and police brutality gave new urgency to Juneteenth, a holiday long-cherished by Black Americans—an observance of resilience in a centuries-old journey.
The media briefing, attended by some 100 journalists and invited guests, was hosted by Sam Collins, the project’s historian and co-chair. Participants included Mrs. Opal Lee, activist and the “grandmother of Juneteenth,” Reginald Adams, the project’s artist, and Sheridan Lorenz, the project’s co-chair and leader of the Juneteenth Legacy Project. Q&A was moderated by Brett Holmes, who is helping support the initiative.
More than 25 news organizations joined, ranging from ABC Radio, Houston’s NPR Station, and NPR’s The Texas Standard to CNN Digital, People, and the Houston Chronicle