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Opal Lee

Opal Lee, 93, opens her front door and warmly greets her new visitor.
Alejandra Martinez / KERA

Inside a historic red-brick home in Fort Worth, 93-year-old Opal Lee, her granddaughter and volunteers answer calls, shift papers and walk back and forth from the library to the dining room as they plan for this year’s socially-distant celebration of Juneteenth. 

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

Opal Lee has lived 90 pretty remarkable years -- from the night, when she was a kid, that a mob of white protesters drove her family from their Fort Worth home, to her symbolic walk to Washington, D.C., last fall to make Juneteenth a national holiday.

Christopher Connelly/KERA News

An 89-year-old Fort Worth woman is on a mission to make Juneteenth a nationally observed holiday. Juneteenth marks the day that word arrived in Texas that slavery had been abolished. To bring attention to her cause, she’s on a symbolic walk to Washington, and she’s determined to spread the word any way she can.