On June 19, 1865, the news that the Civil War was over reached our neighboring city of Galveston, Texas, marking the end of slavery for the entirety of the United States. Now, we celebrate Juneteenth annually as a celebration of African American freedom and a national holiday, taking the time to honor the present while reflecting on the past. While Juneteenth became an official U.S. holiday in 2021, the tradition of celebrating the day, while educating youth on its meaning, has been longstanding at Covenant House Texas.
Program Administrator Sherri Crawford has worked to continue the tradition and make the occasion memorable since she joined the team over five years ago. Often spanning the entire week of June 19th, the joyous celebration overtakes the Safe Haven building through music, dancing, decorations, talent shows, and delicious meals hosted by black-owned local businesses.