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June 3, 2023
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
High Point Public Library- VIRTUAL
High Point, NC 27262
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The True Story of Juneteenth—How Freedom Came to Texas & How We Celebrate

Saturday, June 3, 2023

Juneteenth is now a national holiday, but do you know the real story of how freedom came to over 300,000 enslaved people in Texas? It's a story that has been altered or left out of this country's historical narrative for far too long. This presentation brings the story to life by replacing myths and omissions with documented facts about the events of June 19, 1865 that took place "where it all began", Galveston, Texas.

 Sharon Gillins has a career background in Instructional Systems Design and a passion for family history proved the perfect combination to prepare Sharon to be a genealogy educator. During a 40-year career in post-secondary education, she was at the forefront of designing and delivering effective distance education courses. It was a natural step to use her career experience in the field of genealogy education. Over the past 20 years, Sharon has been a frequent presenter, in person and virtually, at regional conferences and national genealogical institutes. Her teaching topics emphasize strategies to research African American
families in underutilized record groups that can lead to the discovery of enslaved ancestors and their historical journeys.
100 participants max

Zoom: For link contact Marcellaus Joiner at

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