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2012 Juneteenth Observances, Celebrations And Events For Galveston, Houston & College Station—History Of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, marking when slaves in Galveston got word of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be formally observed on Tuesday June, 19.

(Above–A Juneteenth celebration in Austin, Texas in 1900.) 

There are a number of events planned in the Houston-Galveston-College Station area in upcoming days to mark Juneteenth.

This post is a listing of many of these events. If you know of something I have left off, please leave a comment and I will add it to the post.

At the bottom of this post is some history of Juneteenth. It is essential that we know our shared history as Americans and as people on this Earth. It is essential that we realize that the work of freedom is never completed.

From Galveston.com-

“…Juneteenth activities include a scholarship gala, African-American Heritage Exhibits at the Old Central Cultural Center, and Underground Railroad re-enactments hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation… The event will culminate June 19th with the Emancipation Proclamation reading and prayer breakfast at Ashton Villa to commemorate the historic event that occurred in Galveston, two years after it was enacted in 1863. … A Jubilee picnic continue the special events at Wright Cuney Park, 41st St. and Ball.  The 7th Annual Juneteenth Springfellow Orchards Family Day in Hitchcock takes place throughout the afternoon of June 18 with entertainment for the whole family….”

There are three pages on the Galveston.com page detailing Juneteenth events. Look for the “Inside This Section” listing about one-third down the page I link to above.

The Galveston County Daily News recently ran a story about efforts to increase the size of local Juneteenth observances and celebrations.

Here is a list of Juneteenth observances from the Daily News.

The Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston from June 14th through June 17th. This is part of the Texas Black Expo.

Hopefully history and reflection will be part of part of the Juneteenth observances and celebrations at the GRB.

The Miller Outdoor Theater in Hermann Park Will be  staging a Juneteenth concert on Tuesday June 19 at 7 PM. Here are the details. 

The University of Houston NAACP will be holding a Juneteenth BBQ on June 15th at 3820 Yellowstone begibnning at 5 PM. Here is the Facebook page for this event.

There are a number of Juneteenth events in the Bryan-College Station area. 

Here are details of one of these events from the Bryan-College Station Eagle—

 “Tuesday, June 19: The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society will celebrate Juneteenth at the Neal Recreation Center, 600 North Randolf Avenue in Bryan, at 7 p.m. The theme will be “Mending and Blending.” The Rev. A.C. Clark of Pleasant Grove Church in College Station will be the featured speaker.”

Here is some history of Juneteenth— Continue reading

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