139 years ago, Texas slaves learned they were free, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. Juneteenth became an official Texas holiday in 1980.
On Saturday, Lubbock residents held a parade to reflect and rejoice in the achievement that African Americans have made.
"Outstanding participation. Entrance in the parade, people watching the parade. It brings the community together," said T.J. Patterson.
"I'm glad that Lubbock is recognizing Juneteenth, giving it a little more recognition than usual. The parade is great having everyone gather and get along and just come together as one, as black people. I like it," said Wykesha Brown.