The first museum in Texas devoted to African-American history, this spacious facility serves as a resource center for the Austin black community, hosting art galleries, a dance studio, a theater, and genealogical archives. The permanent exhibition on Juneteenth explains the genesis and evolution of the Texas-born holiday, now spread to other parts of the country: It commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union general Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation to the public in Galveston.