The Juneteenth Story: From Galveston, TX to Minnesota

The Juneteenth Story from Galveston, Texas to Minnesota, is a 6-episode docufilm, filmed on the island of Galveston, Texas and in Saint Paul, MN, telling the story of Juneteenth where it originated. The story is told by historians and descendants of enslaved captives transported to the island during the transatlantic slave trade between 1816 and 1836. The story connects the significance of making Juneteenth a state holiday in Minnesota.

  • Monique Anya Linder
  • Monique Anya Linder
  • Monique Anya Linder
  • Mayor Melvin Carter
    Key Cast
    "Mayor Melvin Carter - Self"
  • Dr. Josie R. Johnson
    Key Cast
    "Dr. Josie R. Johnson - Self"
  • Senator Bobby Joe Champion
    Key Cast
    "Senator Bobby Joe Champion - Self"
  • Professor Mahmoud El-Kati
    Key Cast
    "Professor Mahmound El-Kati Self"
  • Rose McGee
    Key Cast
    "Rose McGee"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 59 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    June 19, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    25,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • YouTube Premier

    July 19, 2023
Distribution Information
  • OMG Studios
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Monique Anya Linder

Linder had a vision in 2014 to create a unique media brand that focused on cultural programming. OMG strives to empower communities through its OMGisms, social constructs rooted in the Arts that nurture and improve the health and wellness of youth and families. OMG Companies’ work is centered around building cultural sustainability in which music and art is essential to human survival and development. Linder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and a Masters, Business Administration from the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management.

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Director Statement

This year, Rose McGee of Sweet Potato Comfort Pie and I traveled to Galveston, TX to film this year’s Juneteenth story from the place where it originated, and, to present the descendants of the enslaved ancestors of Galveston with a slice of heavenly sweet potato comfort pie, which you will experience this joy in the film. We call Juneteenth our Independence Day. Yes it is that. Although, we felt Juneteenth did not emancipate us mentally from slavery, as many of the same systems that were created to protect slavery, are still in place today. We’ve entered a period of “Reckoning” in our nation and after 400 years of not confronting slavery, we must not leave any stone unturned in teaching future generations to always fight for their freedom.

Our cultural films are meant to connect the past to the present to inform future generations.