Walk in the footsteps of Juneteenth’s historical roots and get a free souvenir when you take the free Freedom Walk Challenge in downtown Galveston.
Anyone can download the app for free and use to it explore five historic locations in Downtown Galveston, tracing the history of emancipation on Galveston Island. And after you’ve checked in at all five locations, stop by the Visitor Information Center on Mechanic Street to pick up a special souvenir prize.
Freedom Walk Challenge in Galveston
The Freedom Walk is available to all and takes visitors on a tour of significant spots that retrace the steps of the Union Soldiers when they arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, forever marking an incredible day in United States history.
- Stop 1: Pier 1 & the Middle Passage
- Stop 2: Juneteenth Marker and Site of Union Headquarters
- Stop 3: U.S. Customs House
- Stop 4: Reedy Chapel-AME Church
- Stop 5: 1859 Ashton Villa
Galveston’s Connection to Juneteenth
Juneteenth originated in the historic beach town on June 19, 1865 when Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, which announced the freedom of more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state of Texas—one of the last groups of slaves to be freed in the United States.
The city is also home to the first historically black secondary school and public library in Texas, is the hometown of World Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson, and features several historically black churches that were established as firsts for Texas.
The Freedom Walk Challenge in Galveston
- Dates & Times: The app is available at all times of day. Prizes for those who complete the challenge are only available during the business hours of the Visitor Information Center in downtown Galveston.
- Price: The app download and challenge are completely free. Download the app for Android or iPhone or learn more.
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