Take the Freedom Walk Challenge in Galveston & get a free commemorative gift

1859 Ashton Villa | Photo courtesy of Galveston Island CVB

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.

Coinciding with Juneteenth’s newly declared official holiday status, Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau has debuted the Freedom Walk Challenge on the Visit Galveston mobile app.

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.

Learn more about the meaning and history about each stop on the Freedom Walk and how to download the mobile app and accept the Freedom Walk Challenge.

Galveton Visitor Information Center in the Chamber of Commerce Building | Photo courtesy of Galveston Island Chamber of Commerce

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

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