Indiana Landmarks hosts free program on the history and significance of Juneteenth

On June 5, Indiana Landmarks welcomes Sam Collins III, Juneteenth historian and National Trust for Historic Preservation Advisor, to Indiana Landmarks Center for a special screening of the documentary Juneteenth: The Galveston Story, which Collins co-produced.

Following the program, Collins will join Fay Williams, Indianapolis and Galveston civil rights leader, and Olon Dotson, chair of Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee, on stage for a lively panel discussion on the history and significance of Juneteenth.

The oldest known celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived on Galveston Island with word that the Civil War was over and enslaved people were free.

“Juneteenth, long celebrated in Texas and other states, is receiving a deserved increase in recognition in Indiana,” says Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks. “We are honored to welcome such respected national and local leaders to share their perspective on the profound relevance of the holiday.”

Tickets are free with RSVP at or by calling 317-639-4534.

WHAT: Screening of the documentary Juneteenth: The Galveston Story, and a panel of experts including Sam Collins III, co-producer of the film; Fay Williams, Indianapolis and Galveston civic rights leader; and Olon Dotson, chair of Indiana Landmarks’ African American Landmarks Committee

WHEN: Sunday, June 5 at 3 p.m.

WHERE: Indiana Landmarks Center, 1201 Central Ave., Indianapolis

COST: Free

RSVP: or by calling 317-639-4534

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About Indiana Landmarks

Indiana Landmarks revitalizes communities, reconnects us to our heritage, and saves meaningful places. With nine offices located throughout the state, Indiana Landmarks helps people rescue endangered landmarks and restore historic neighborhoods and downtowns. People who join Indiana Landmarks receive its bimonthly magazine, Indiana Preservation. For more information on the not-for-profit organization, call 317-639-4534, 800-450-4534, or visit

Media Contact

Mindi Woolman, Director of Marketing and Communications, Indiana Landmarks, 317-417-1204 (cell), [email protected]

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