The National Juneteenth Museum will be built in Fort Worth


FORT WORTH, Texas – A museum dedicated to telling the story of juinteenth nationwide is expected to be built in Fort Worth, Texas.

The National Juneteenth Museum will be built as part of a mixed-use development, the city of Fort Worth said in a press release on Tuesday.

When President Joe Biden enacted a bill over the summer to make June 19 a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, those at his side included Opal Lee, a 95-year-old woman from Fort Worth who has spent years rallying people to join her efforts to see the light of day earn this recognition.

The city said Lee is leading charge of the new museum, which will be built on land that currently houses its Fort Worth Juneteenth museum.

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“To have lived long enough to see my walk and my word make an impact is one thing, but knowing that a state-of-the-art museum that will house the pen that President Biden used to sign the bill, well other exhibits are coming as well – I could do my sacred dance again, ”Lee said.

The city says the museum will be run by a collaboration that includes activists, researchers and historians.

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