"Seeing the national museum moving forward is a dream fulfilled. To see it become a central place for discussion, collaboration and learning seems to be the providential next step — from my walking campaign to Washington, D.C., the petition, and having Juneteenth declared a federal holiday. It’s mind-boggling, but I’m glad to see it all come to pass."
Why Fort Worth?
In 1939, just three days after Opal Lee's family moved into a Southside Fort-Worth neighborhood, her home was destroyed in a fire set by a racist mob. This seminal moment has driven Lee's advocacy over the span of decades to make Juneteenth a national holiday which was signed into law in June 2021 by President Biden with Lee by his side. Lee continues to serve as an agent of change in her home city of Fort Worth and has ensured commemoration of this frequently ignored part of history. The National Juneteenth Museum will infuse economic activity into one of the south’s most underserved communities and shift the trajectory of a neighborhood that was once home to a number of prominent figures.