Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the abolition of slavery in the state of Texas and more broadly, the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers landed at Galveston, TX with news that the Civil War and that enslaved peoples were free. This was two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. In America, more than 24 states recognize June 19th as a state holiday or have some official form of observance.
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The “Freedom Summer” collection focuses on the nostalgia of past Summer activities used by African Americans as a tactic of subversion and self-care. It is a call to action to re-engage in these activities during the current climate of political unrest. It is also a commemoration of these activities. The name of the collection is a reference to the 1964 voter registration drive of the same name.
Reclaim BLK is a collaborative project between BLK MKT Vintage and Philadelphia Printworks which launched in 2018. The collaboration utilizes African American cultural iconography to reimagine the narratives of historical events, artifacts, spaces and communities that have been forgotten, lost and devalued while celebrating the multitudinous legacies of black culture.
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