According to the New Orleans Agenda, the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) will allow free admission to its sculpture garden on June 19,in remembrance of Juneteenth. The museum hopes that "the Sculpture Garden will provide an opportunity for peace and reflection" on the day that enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were informed of their freedom.
June 19, 1865, was a little over two months after the Civil War and two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, but white slave owners refused to concede to these facts and kept this information from those they enslaved. Juneteenth is a celebration of the day on which General Gordon reached Galveston and alerted the city's enslaved population of their liberation.
The day is now celebrated on a national scale and, according to a report by The New York Times, was recently the subject of major controversy when President Trump chose Juneteenth to hold his campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. However, under intense pressure and scrutiny, he opted to delay the rally.
The sculpture garden is currently open Wednesdays through Sundays from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information on NOMA's safety standards.
In honor of Juneteenth, the New Orleans School of Ballet is also putting on a special performance Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. that "will commemorate black lives lost and celebrate black beauty, love, strength, and grace."
NOMA, 1 Collins Diboll Cir., noma.org/sculpture garden.
New Orleans School of Ballet at the Labyrinth at Audubon Park, East Drive at Laurel Street, neworleansschoolofballet.com.