A Juneteenth Statement from the Colby College Museum of Art and Lunder Institute for American Art

June 19, 2020

Today, Juneteenth, has been called a second Independence Day, but its promise of ensuring Black Americans their inalienable rights has yet to be fully realized. At a time of national crisis, this is a day to celebrate and take action. We acknowledge the enormity of the work that remains to dismantle the systemic white supremacy that harms and dehumanizes Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous people in our community, and we reaffirm our commitment to resisting oppressive ideologies and systems, wherever they are found.

The past weeks have shown us that the work we have done is not enough, and we must continue to reach farther. As a museum staff, we are committed to examining our own internal biases, blind spots, and harmful actions, and we undertake this work in earnest.

Read our commitment to action here.