Posted on September 14, 2022
The Fort Worth City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a resolution pledging $15 million for the development of the National Juneteenth Museum in the historic Southside district.
The contribution will only be paid once the balance of the project of 70 million dollars has been raised.
Architectural renderings from the National Juneteenth Museum show a building with a dramatic roofline that mirrors the gables of shotgun-style homes in the historic Southside district where it will be located.
The building’s design, along with that of three adjacent residential buildings in the planned Evans and Rosedale Corridor development, was unveiled at a recent City Council business session.
Jarred Howard, director of Sable Brands, the developer of the project, said the museum was designed by the New York office of Danish group Bjarke Ingels. It’s the same architecture firm that designed Google’s headquarters in Northern California.
The design also draws inspiration from the Juneteenth star design featured on the official Juneteenth flag, Howard said.
In the works for several years, the project was formally announced in December 2021. The museum will be on the second level of a two-story building. The lower level will include a restaurant, a business incubator, a 250-seat amphitheater and showcases. The three adjacent residential buildings will have 55 units.
“Literally and figuratively, it was meant to be a beacon of light in an area that has remained dark for a very long time,” said Howard, who grew up in Fort Worth’s Stop Six neighborhood. “It’s time to revitalize the historic Southside. Our hope is that the city will embrace it.
The national museum will complement those in the cultural district and become a global tourist destination, he said.
Construction could begin by the end of the year or in the first quarter of 2023. A grand opening is planned for mid-2025.
Fort Worth resident and activist Opal Lee is the originator of the June 19 federal holiday. Juneteenth had been celebrated in Texas for many years to commemorate June 19, 1895, when Texas slaves were freed after the Civil War.
See a gallery of architectural renderings illustrating the planned museum.
Photo: The roofline of the museum mirrors the gabled roofs often seen in the surrounding neighborhood.
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