HOUSTON, TX (June 5, 2012) – Almost 147 years ago, Union soldiers led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger marched into Galveston and announced the end of the Civil War, finally enabling the Emancipation Proclamation to take effect and the beginning of freedom for those enslaved. The day became forever known as Juneteenth, having happened on June 19, 1865. Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) and the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) will unite cultures and the community that day this June as they join groups to commemorate those memorable events.
The evening will begin at HMAAC, where participants may visit the HMAAC exhibition “PrintMatters,” which features expressionist prints by New York artist Danny Simmons and works on paper by Chicago artist Andre Guichard. Later that evening, individuals will participate in a reflective walk from HMAAC four blocks away to HMH, during which they will have an opportunity to reflect on the lives and journeys of those who, after many years of enslavement, finally had the chance to walk off the plantations and start new lives.
While at HMH, guests will view “The Impact of Racist Ideologies: Jim Crow and the Nuremberg Laws,” which examines the parallels between the Jim Crow Laws in the United States and the Nuremberg Laws of Nazi Germany. The exhibition highlights the intolerance and prejudice that arose in the laws of post-civil war America and the similarity of those laws with those in Germany. The evening will conclude with call and response readings by Holocaust survivors, Spoken Word Poets and students of WALLIP Academy. The readings will focus on the history of intolerance and racism in the community.
Activities begin at 6 p.m. at HMAAC at 4806 Caroline St. and continue with the reflective walk at 7 p.m. to HMH’s Albert and Ethel Herzstein Theater at 5401 Caroline St. Admission is free, but seating for some portions of the night’s activities is limited, and advance registration is recommended. Visit http://www.hmh.org/RegisterEvent.aspx to RSVP online.
Holocaust Museum Houston is dedicated to educating people about the Holocaust, remembering the 6 million Jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors' legacy. Using the lessons of the Holocaust and other genocides, the Museum teaches the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy.
Holocaust Museum Houston’s Morgan Family Center is free and open to the public and is located in Houston’s Museum District at 5401 Caroline St., Houston, TX 77004. For more information about the Museum, call 713-942-8000 or visit www.hmh.org.