Juneteenth is now a national holiday, but do you know the real story of how freedom came to over 300,000 enslaved people in Texas? It is a story that has been altered or left out of this country's historical narrative for far too long. This presentation brings the story to life by replacing myths and omissions with documented facts about the events of June 19, 1865 that took place "where it all began", Galveston, Texas.
Sharon Batiste Gillins
Genealogical History Researcher
Retired Professor of Riverside Community College
Member of Historic Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Galveston
Sharon Batiste Gillins, is a native of Galveston, Texas and a member of the historic Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church of Galveston, the Mother AME Church of Texas and home of the first citywide celebration of emancipation in Galveston held on January 1, 1886.
She has taken an active roll in developing interpretive materials and programming to recognize and celebrate the history of Juneteenth in Galveston and at Reedy Chapel's annual celebration and historical reenactment of the emancipation march of 1886.
She is a retired college professor and a passionate family history researcher who has been actively involved in genealogical research and teaching for more than 25 years. She is one of 30 people honored with an original portrait by artist, Ted Ellis, for her role as a significant contributor to the community's historical knowledge and celebration of Juneteenth.
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