Juneteenth festivities begin Friday evening at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. A reception is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. with a historical family movie scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
On Saturday, a parade from the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to Mae Simmons Park starts at 9:00 a.m. The route includes Broadway Avenue to Canyon Lake Drive.
At 10:30 a.m., there will be a special dedication ceremony at the City of Lubbock Cemetery. Following that, there are a number of activities scheduled at Mae Simmons Park, including special guest American Idol Jerome Bell.
Events continue Sunday at Mae Simmons Park with a community mass choir and local gospel talent. Special guest artist Hasan Green is also scheduled to perform.
Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, the day that Union General Gordon Grainger rode into Galveston Bay, Texas and read Executive Order #3, proclaiming "all slaves are free." Executive Order #3 came two years, six months and eighteen days after the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863 in which President Abraham Lincoln granted freedom to all slaves in the confederate states.
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