On Sept. 14, 2019, I joined Opal Lee and 100 others in a walk to make Juneteenth a national holiday. Council members Craig Brown and Jackie Cole were also present. Just a few questions:
• Has the city designated anyone to spearhead funding for a Juneteenth National Museum in Galveston? Given the salaries of city staff, it seems that there's money available for a mid-level position to facilitate the effort.
• Has anyone coordinated effort with U.S. Rep. Randy Weber and U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz to identify federal funds? Smithsonian Museums frequently support auxiliary efforts throughout the United States. This seems perfect for the African American History Museum.
• I believe the State of Texas spent more than $100 million to rehab the Alamo. Where are state Sen. Larry Taylor and state Rep. Mayes Middleton in support? Maybe they could provide seed money from their $1 million war chests. How about $50,000 each?
All of this should've been completed already; it's just not that difficult. Space limits other comment. The facility should be within two to three blocks of the historic marker and free as are the Smithsonians in Washington.
Unbelievable this hasn't happened in such a great city.