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Juneteenth Exhibit at Brenham Heritage Museum

Celebrate! A View of Juneteenth Traditions and Customs opens on Saturday, June 11 at the Brenham Heritage Museum’s Bus Depot Gallery. This new exhibit focuses on the wide variety of ways that Juneteenth has been celebrated in Washington County since the emancipation of enslaved Africans in Texas in June 1865.  Specific topics include parades, coronations, rodeos, concerts and entertainment, picnics, sporting events, and reunions.

As BHM completes renovations on the old post office building, their exhibits are displayed in the Bus Depot Gallery at 313 East Alamo at the corner of Clinton.  Hours are 10 AM till 4 PM every Saturday. Other times are available by appointment. The Juneteenth exhibit will run through at least the end of July.

The museum’s African American Content Committee has worked diligently to present Celebrate! A View of Juneteenth Traditions and Customs. Visitors can learn a great deal about the history of this holiday through artifacts, images and historic newspaper articles. Some attire belonging to past royalty at Juneteenth celebrations has been loaned for the exhibit, and a few pieces will be displayed from BHM’s permanent collection.

The Juneteenth exhibit overlaps with several other events this summer. It will be on display for those attending the Summer Sip and Art Walk this Saturday, June 11.  That day, the Bus Depot Gallery will also feature works from Navasota artist Molly Bee and three pieces from the museum’s collection of historic artwork by Brenham painters. A large crowd is expected on Saturday, June 18, the day of the parade and celebration in downtown Brenham. Those who attend the Seth McMeans Lecture Series talk by noted architectural historian Stephen Fox on Monday, July 25 will also have the chance to see the exhibit.

For more information, or to donate to the Brenham Heritage Museum please visit the website at You may also email BHM at or call 979.830.8445.


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