Lubbock's week-long Juneteenth celebration is underway. On Monday, dozens commemorated the event with a three mile Freedom Walk around the Canyon Lakes. The walk is just one of several events planned this week to lead up to June 19th.
Juneteenth celebrates the day Texas slaves learned they were set free, back in 1865. Tonya Johnson, President of the Juneteenth Committee says, "I feel like it's really good to celebrate our freedom. It's a tribute to our ancestors to celebrate what they fought for."
Here's a look at the other Juneteenth events this week.
Juneteenth in Lubbock
Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Mae Simmons Park
Wednesday, June 14 at 7:00 p.m.
Old Thyme Church Service
Thursday, June 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Woman of the Year Awards
Mae Simmons Community Center
Friday, June 16 at 7:00 p.m.
North and East Lubbock Development Corporation's Community Champion Awards
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Juneteenth Seniors Breakfast
Free For Seniors at the Mae Simmons Community Center
Saturday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Starts at United Supermarket at 2630 Parkway
Saturday, June 17 at 12:00 p.m.
Throughout the day at the Canyon Lake Park near Mae Simmons Community Center
Sunday, June 18 at 11:00 a.m.
Services at Mount Gilead Baptist Church
Sunday, June 18 at 3:00 p.m.
Services at the Canyon Lake Park Gazebo
Sunday, June 18 at 5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Jazz Concert at the Canyon Lake Park
Monday, June 19 at 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Job Fair at the Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center
3201 Avenue Q
Monday, June 19 at 11:30 a.m.
Juneteenth Luncheon at the Koko Palace
Tickets are $15.00 until June 14th and $20 at the door. For more information, call 535-8081
Monday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Closing Ceremonies at the Canyon Lake Park Gazebo