The 94-year-old “Grandmother of Juneteenth” Visits Museum to See New Display Recognizing her Achievements
After decades of continuous activism, Lee finally saw her dreams become a reality. On June 17, 2021, Lee joined President Joe Biden as he signed into law the bill formally establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday.
On Thursday, June 24, Lee visited the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History to see the new display case created in her honor. Opal Lee: Social Impact Leader showcases artifacts from Ms. Opal’s numerous walks intended to raise awareness around the holiday. The display features the shoes worn on “Opal’s Walk 2 DC,” as well as several declarations recognizing Lee for her many achievements.
“What an honor it was to have Fort Worth’s very own Ms. Opal Lee—civil rights icon, activist, educator, and community leader—to the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History” said Marianne Auld, the Chair of the Board at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “Her commitment, her selflessness, and her fearlessness set a powerful example for us all.”
Alongside Opal Lee: Social Impact Leader, the Museum has redesigned and reconfigured all existing niche case throughout their atrium. These continuously rotating displays showcase materials from the Museum’s rich collection and local partnered organizations.
To learn more about the Museum’s reopening, visit www.fwmuseum.org.
The Museum was established in 1941, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Anchored by its rich collections, the Museum is dedicated to lifelong learning. It engages guests through creative, vibrant programs and exhibits interpreting science and the history of Texas and the Southwest. For more information, visit www.fortworthmuseum.org.