Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865 when Union army soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery. It came almost two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, and the day is now observed nationwide. It received a major boost in 1968, when, shortly after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination, his Poor People’s Campaign held a Solidarity Day in Washington, D.C. on Juneteenth. And this year it resonates particularly loudly as Black Lives Matter protests continue to demand change across the country. Stay #GlobalFromHome by learning about the history of slavery and resistance in America through interactive exhibits, film and archival documents.
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This digital memorial—a multi-institution project based at Emory University—focuses on the trans-Atlantic slave trade and includes maps, a digital 3D rendering of a slave ship and a visceral time-lapse of the movement of slave ships across the Atlantic.