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Absolute Equality Mural

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The much-anticipated “Absolute Equality” mural, which illustrates the journey of Black Americans out of slavery into freedom, is the newest addition to Galveston's rich history-focused attractions. The 5,000-square-foot mural was painted on the side of the Old Galveston Square building, located at 22nd and Strand in downtown Galveston. The massive art instillation is an initiative of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, launched during Black History Month 2021 to help raise awareness about Juneteenth and contribute to a growing push to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Juneteenth, or June 19, marks the day in 1865 that Union Army Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, which ordered the freedom of more than 250,000 enslaved Black people in the state of Texas – one of the last groups of slaves to be freed in the United States. Sam Collins, co-chair of the Juneteenth Legacy Project, said the mural is bigger than art. “To finally see it become a reality gives me hope of a nation that's more honest and more united,” Collins said. “This mural will help us expand the narrative of the Juneteenth story.”
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