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Mary Beth Bassett
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Office: (409)797-5121

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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Director of Public Relations
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Galveston’s New African American History Tour Highlights Texas Firsts, Birth of Juneteenth in U.S.
New Tourism App Guides Visitors through Galveston’s Many Historically Black Institutions and Monuments
GALVESTON, Texas (January 27, 2021) – In Galveston, you can explore African American history in living color thanks to a new interactive tour app offered by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The tour, found on the new Visit Galveston app, allows visitors to take a self-guided journey to learn about the island’s many historically black institutions and monuments celebrating black accomplishments.
The birthplace of Juneteenth, Galveston Island holds a special place in the United States and African American history.  The city is also home to the first historically black secondary school and public library in Texas, is the hometown of World Heavyweight Champ Jack Johnson, and features several historically black churches that were established as firsts for Texas. 
To access the tour, visitors can either download the Visit Galveston app on Android or Apple devices, or visit the website at Use the search bar to type in African American History Tour. The African American History Tour itinerary can be taken as is or customized based on a person’s interests and time allocation.
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About Galveston Island
Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island is best known as a vacation destination, offering 32 miles of beaches, a variety of museums and family attractions, and one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country. Galveston Island is home to popular amusements such as Moody Gardens and Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark, as well as a variety of recreational activities from fishing and surfing to birding. For more information, see

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