“Harriet Tubman Mural” by Aaron Douglas, c. 1931, commissioned by Alfred K. Stern of  Chicago for Bennett College for Women, Greensboro, North Carolina 

“If the cruelties of slavery could not stop us, the opposition we now face will surely fail. Because the goal of America is freedom, abused and scorned tho’ we may be, our destiny is tied up with America’s destiny.”― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Though the Emancipation Proclamation, which granted freedom to all enslaved people, was signed by President Lincoln two years earlier, it was not until 1865 when General Gordon Granger read the Proclamation on June 19 in Galveston, Texas, that the remaining enslaved peoples were told of their freedom. This day of jubilation has been celebrated every year since 1865 on what has become known as Juneteenth. This celebration of the most treasured of human rights, freedom, is steeped in pride, tradition, community, and good food. This year’s Juneteenth comes a poignant time in our nation, and we hope you, like us, will celebrate with your neighbors, but also take an unflinching look at the atrocious history that led to this day.  

“What is Juneteenth?” 

The Emancipation Proclamation 

“Why Celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now Than Ever” 

Juneteenth National Day of Observance Campaign 

National Association of Juneteenth Jazz Presenters 

“A Juneteenth of Joy and Resistance” 

“How Red Food and Drink Joined the Juneteenth Feast” 

“Food To Celebrate Freedom: Tea Cakes For Juneteenth!” 

Juneteenth, a Quilt by Renee Allen 

In Alabama: The Legacy Museum and The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery.  

@ Alabama Chanin 

A portion of the sale of each of Rinne Allen’s Love prints will go to the Equal Justice Initiative. Call our Guest Experience team to place an order.  

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More about Rinne 

Rinne Allen is a photographer living in Athens, Georgia who works throughout the South, across the country, and around the world. Currently, Rinne—along with Kristen Back and Rebecca Wood—curates a beautiful website, Beauty Everyday. The accompanying book, Beauty Everyday, highlights 365 beautiful photographs of the South. This 5” x 7” color photographic print is featured in her collaborative book, Beauty Everyday.  

More about the Equal Justice Initiative 

A portion of the sale of each photo will go to the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit that provides legal representation to people who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state jails and prisons. They also publish reports, discussion guides, and other educational materials, and conduct educational tours and presentations for thousands of students, teachers, faith leaders, professional associations, community groups, and international visitors every year. Learn more about the Equal Justice Initiative here. 

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