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Juneteenth festivities

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FOOD

Down Home Cooking For All

We have local food vendors coming to share their delicious cuisine with our visitors. 

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VENDORS

Local Businesses Share Their Wares

Check out all of the products and services that our vendors are excited to show off.  

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MUSIC

DJ Coldwater On The Ones And Twos

Local master of ceremonies, DJ Cold Water is supplying all of the hits to pump up the energy all day long!

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EDUCATION

Enjoy Learning About Our History

The history of Juneteenth acknowledges hard history while also empowering our community to be advocates for change. 

how can you help?

We are always happy to have volunteers for our events.  The donation of your time and energy is invaluable to our mission!

Vendors are more than welcomed to join in on the festivities to share their fares.  Food vendors are also invited!!

Your monetary donations help to bring Juneteenth to life!  Click the link below to see how your gift will be used to make this Juneteenth the best yet!

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Legacy of Juneteenth

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas. 

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