The North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh will host an exhibit and offer tours on Saturday, June 18, to commemorate Juneteenth.
A combination of June and 19th, Juneteenth is the day in 1865 when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.
The Juneteenth-themed tours are scheduled for at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. June 18. The tours will focus on the stories of the enslaved African Americans whose skill and labor constructed and maintained the capitol that opened in 1840.
The tours are free, but tour participants are asked to register in advance at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/freedom-stories-juneteenth-tours-at-the-north-carolina-state-capitol-tickets-349660222137.
Representatives from the State Archives of North Carolina will be available to speak from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 18 with visitors about African American genealogical resources available through the archives.
Also at the capitol, visit “Freedom Stories,” a Juneteenth exhibit that features the names and stories of individuals who constructed and maintained the capitol during slavery and whose stories also include emancipation. The exhibit is sponsored by the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
That morning will include a Juneteenth celebration at Dix Park. For more information on how the holiday is being marked across the state, visit https://www.ncdcr.gov/juneteenth.
The state capitol’s mission is to preserve and interpret the history and function of the 1840 building and Union Square. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.