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Juneteenth celebrations mark slavery's end

Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, originated in Galveston in 1865. Today, Juneteenth celebrations are held across the United States and beyond.

Texas Woman’s University will host “A Historical Exploration of Juneteenth” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 15. The virtual talk will feature historian and genealogy expert Donald Payton, president of the African American Genealogical Society, a branch of the Dallas Genealogical Society. A former Dallas County historical commissioner, Payton served on a special state committee to make June 19 an official Texas state holiday.

The presentation is sponsored by the offices of Diversity, Inclusion & Outreach (DIO) and Alumni Engagement. Register for the event.

DIO will host a second event featuring music, art and more on Thursday, June 17, on the Hubbard Lawn.

Celebrations also are taking place in the cities where TWU campuses are located: