National Civil Rights Museum celebrates Juneteenth with free admission

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JANS – The National Civil Rights Museum, 450 Mulberry St., Memphis, TN 38103, is celebrating the Juneteenth holiday on June 19 as a Community Day with free museum admission and a focus on health equity. This is the third year Juneteenth is observed as a federal holiday, and the museum welcomes all visitors to learn more about the origins and importance of the holiday and the stories of hard-fought freedom for all.

Juneteenth dates back to June 19, 1865, when Union soldier, Major General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, with 6,000 Black American troops to inform enslaved Texans the Civil War had ended, they were then free, and to enforce the law passed more than two and half years prior. This population of Black Texans were denied their freedom since January 1, 1863, when President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.

The museum’s Juneteenth Community Day will allow everyone free admission to explore this American history that illustrates the resilience and contributions of Black Americans. This year, the Museum will provide resources through community partners to provide immunization shots, health screenings, and awareness around sickle cell anemia, a disease to which Black Americans are more prone. 

“In today’s terms, we see freedom is tied directly to economic empowerment, and as individuals, our health is our wealth,” said museum president, Dr. Russ Wigginton. “Too often, families can be decimated by health hardships, so it’s important that we make access to healthcare easier and dismantle stigmas on how care is administered to communities of color,” he said.

The Tennessee NFL Alumni Association in partnership with TN CEAL at Meharry Medical College will offer information on healthy lifestyles and provide free vaccinations, screenings, and giveaways to attendees. Vitalant will host a Juneteenth blood drive and will be joined by the Methodist Sickle Cell Center and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Tennessee to spread awareness and share resources on sickle cell anemia. Alpha Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will register voters and provide information on voting eligibility and process.

There will be food trucks, family and children activities, voter registration information, a live DJ, live radio remotes, and recorded messages relevant to the importance of Juneteenth. Free admission is on a first-come basis. The Juneteenth Community Day is made possible by Ford Philanthropy. For more information, visit or call (901) 521-9699.

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National Civil Rights Museum celebrates Juneteenth with free admission

By Joshua Martin
June 17, 2024