Have questions about Juneteenth? This exhibit has answers

By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter MJ Miller

The University of Alabama’s Intercultural Diversity Center and Black Student Union are hosting a Juneteenth exhibit highlighting the history, key figures and widespread impact of the event itself.

Juneteenth is a national holiday first designated in 2021 celebrating the emancipation of all enslaved African Americans in the United States.

But why this day in particular? On June 19, 1865, news of emancipation reached Galveston, Texas, marking freedom for the last remaining slaves living there.

Organizers said they hope anyone wanting a look at this monumental piece of history will come learn more about Juneteenth. And if they have questions, students have answers.

“People come in here and wander in just to look at it every now and again,” said Intercultural Diversity Center Diversity Equity and Inclusion Specialist Yechiel Peterson. “It really makes someone looking at this poster say ‘what is Juneteenth?’ and wonder what’s going on. I hope this causes awareness for some of the (incoming freshman) coming through. It is my hope, but ultimately it is a personal choice to want to learn more about Juneteenth.”

The exhibit on display through June 15 and is viewable from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the the Intercultural Diversity Center, Room 2100, at the UA Student Center on the University of Alabama campus.

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