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October 21, 2016

A historical marker about a great story

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  • MissionaryMan posted at 3:42 am on Mon, May 12, 2014.

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    "Congratulations to the African-American Heritage Committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation, under the leadership of Leonce “Hank” Thierry Jr., for getting the job done".

    Ditto! [thumbup]

  • TrebleClef posted at 2:25 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

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    What MissionaryMan said x 2!

  • Jake Buckner posted at 8:02 pm on Mon, May 12, 2014.

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    Wow! I assumed there must already be a monument commemorating Juneteenth somewhere on the Island. Great job Hank, in getting that oversight corrected.

    The article doesn't say what the marker will look like. Will it be the traditional plaque seen beside roadways and on buildings around the state?

    Wouldn't it be cool if the City could afford a large granite obelisk to mount the marker on? After all, the Juneteenth proclamation might be the most culturally significant event ever to have taken place in Galveston. If hurricanes and wars deserve elaborate monuments, certainly this does.

    If not now, maybe eventually.

  • Hank Thierry posted at 7:51 am on Tue, May 13, 2014.

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    Thanks Jake. The marker will be a standard historical marker issued by the Texas Historical Commission. There are plenty of these markers around town bearing the iconic state of Texas medallion of the Texas Historical Commission.

    With respect to Juneteenth markers, there are actually no official markers related to Juneteenth either in Galveston or elsewhere. In Houston, there is Emancipation Park. Throughout Texas, there are African American townships and old neighborhoods that have their own tributes to Juneteenth. Even here in Galveston, there is a statue at Ashton Villa that depicts the legislative efforts of Al Edwards in establishing a Juneteenth holiday. However, none of these markers, statues, etc. bear an official Texas sanction.

    I am genuinely excited about having a simple marker at at the site where the Osterman Building once stood. The Osterman Building is historically documented as the official Union headquarters for General Granger and Union troops. We owe a great deal of gratitude to a great many people for making this marker dedication happen.