National Juneteenth Museum Continues to Gain Financial Momentum
Bank of America just announced that it is awarding a $1 million grant to go towards the development of the National Juneteenth Museum.
This news comes just a few weeks after the Texas Legislature approved an additional $1 million to the construction of the cultural museum in south Fort Worth. Nearly a year ago, the city of Fort Worth procured $15 million to help add to the museum’s estimated $70 million price tag, which is expected to open to the public on June 19, 2025.
“The predominantly African American neighborhood surrounding the museum has helped shape Fort Worth for generations. I’m encouraged to see Bank of America helping breathe life into the Historic Southside through intentional investment in cultural education and preservation,” says Jarred Howard, CEO of the National Juneteenth Museum. “Residents, visitors and local businesses will be able to witness the impact of Bank of America’s gift, supporting a space where generational wealth, health and tradition will have a collaborative space to flourish.”
Demolition on the site in the 1100 block of East Rosedale and Evans Avenue began in March. Fire consumed the house where the first museum resided. Nothing of historical significance was lost in the fire.
The new museum will be the epicenter for the preservation of Juneteenth history and a center for discussions about freedom.
This 50,000 square-foot space will house:
10,000 square feet of immersive exhibit galleries
250-seat theater to host lectures, speaker series, performances and more
Black Box flexible space for traveling exhibits, seminars, corporate and community events
Business incubator to resource emerging businesses and co-working space for local entrepreneurs
Food hall featuring local chefs, vendors and emerging entrepreneurs highlighting culturally diverse cuisine
National Juneteenth Plaza, public courtyard, and greenspace
President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act in 2022, marking the fulfillment of Opal Lee’s lifelong cause of making Juneteenth a federal holiday. Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, announcing the emancipation of slaves in Texas. The date was 2 ½ years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth has been a Texas state holiday since 1980.
“The National Juneteenth Museum will be a social and economic anchor in Fort Worth that will serve as a catalyst for community education and growth,” says Bank of America Fort Worth president Mike Pavell. “The bank’s grant support acknowledges the significant role Juneteenth plays in our city’s history and is another demonstration of our commitment to advancing economic opportunity and racial equality. We’re excited to work with the National Juneteenth Museum to revitalize the local community and create a new legacy institution.”