Celebrating Juneteenth: Resources and Opportunities Surrounding TMC Terminals

Celebrating Juneteenth: Resources and Opportunities Surrounding TMC Terminals

on Monday, June 19, 2023 in Company News

Juneteenth, short for June 19th, recognizes and celebrates the day the last remaining enslaved people heard that the Civil War had ended, and they had been freed by the order of President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been made nearly 2.5 years earlier in 1863, many enslavers continued to hold their slaves captive, withholding this information. The news of freedom had reached its final location of Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, in an announcement by Major General Gordon Granger. In an inspiring effort of the post-Civil War period, African Americans were able to transform June 19th, a day compiled of military orders, into “Juneteenth”, their own annual right to celebration and remembrance. Juneteenth quickly became a symbolic date representing all African American freedom. 

Today, Juneteenth has been established as the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the U.S. and is recognized by the federal government, all 50 states, and the District of Columbia each year. In the many ways Juneteenth is celebrated, it is ultimately a time of resilience, liberation, remembrance, and joy. At TMC, we recommend that we all take the opportunity to deepen our understanding of the United States and African American history. Surrounding TMC’s many terminal locations, there are a wide variety of resources in your area to broaden your knowledge of Juneteenth and the history behind it. Below, we have compiled a list of African American museums, memorials, and historical places near our terminal locations. We encourage you to visit and learn more about the legacy and celebration of Juneteenth. 

Joplin, MO  

Located in Kansas City, MO:  

  • American Jazz Museum  
  • Black Archives of Mid- America  
  • Negro Leagues Baseball Museum 

Brownsburg, IN  

Located in Indianapolis, IN: 

  • Freetown Living History Museum 

  Located in Bloomington, IN:  

  • Archives of African American Music & Culture 

Gaston, SC 

Located in Walterboro, SC:  

  • Slave Relic Museum 

Located in Charleston, SC:  

  • Avery Research Center for African American History & Culture 
  • Old Slave Mart Museum  
  • The International African American Museum 

Chicago, IL  

  • Philip Randolph Porter Museum 
  • DuSable Museum of African American History,  
  • Provident Foundation (Museum of Daniel Hale Williams, M.D.) 

Bentonville, AR 

Located in Little Rock, AR:  

  • The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center 

Fort Worth, TX 

  • Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum, National  
  • Multicultural Western Heritage Museum and Hall of Fame 

Located in Dallas, TX:  

  • African American Museum of Dallas,  
  • The Juanita Craft House 

Ames, IA 

Located in Cedar Rapids, IA:  

  • African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa 

Jacksonville, FL  

Jacksonville, FL:  Ritz Theater and La Villa Museum 

DeLand, FL: African American Museum of Arts 

New Smyrna Beach, FL: St. Rita’s Black History Museum 

Madison, WI 

Located in Milwaukee, WI:  

  • America’s Black Holocaust Museum 
  • Wisconsin Black Historical Society & Museum