On June 19, Texas holds the oldest celebration for the ending of slavery in the United Sates. On June 19, 1865, two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, Major General Gordon Granger of the Union Army landed in Galveston to declare that the war had ended. He also reminded everyone that all slaves were freed.
When the newly freed men and women left Texas, the term Juneteenth was coined and spread through time. Every year since, countless men and women of all ethnicities celebrate with activities from rodeos to the great American pastime. Certain foods are also mandatory for any Juneteenth celebration, including barbecues and strawberry soda.
The holiday had almost died, until it became officially state-recognized. Juneteenth is now a beloved memorial to remind everyone about the event in 1865 and instill a sense of national pride.
In Lubbock, the city will be holding celebratory events, on June 14-17. The will conclude on the June 17, instead of the actual holiday, since it falls on a weekday.
Lubbock will be giving a parade on Saturday June 16, beginning at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center. The parade will start at 9 a.m. and end with a concert and talent show at the Mae Simmons Park.
7:00 p.m., June 14, a free stage play and poetry program at Estacado High school
7-10 p.m., June 15, Youth Dance Night at Parkway Neighborhood Center for students ages 10-16. Entrance fee is $2.
6:00 p.m., June 17, Special guest singer Lisa Knowles on the Gospel Stage at Mae Simmons Park.
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