TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Officials at the Vigo County History Center are preparing for an upcoming celebration of freedom.

The Juneteenth celebration will be held Sunday, June 19 commemorating the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston Texas in 1865 to announce by executive decree and ensure that all enslaved people be freed.

Juneteenth became a nationally recognized holiday in June of 2021 but has been celebrated since the late 1800s.

The celebration will be from 2-4 p.m. at the history center, which is located at 929 Wabash Avenue. Admission is free and will include guided tours through the museum’s Black history exhibits as well as a historical production written by Crystal Mikell Reynolds Ph.D.

Those in attendance will also receive a free gift bag while supplies last.