Juneteenth could possibly be seen as the most significant event in
American history after independence itself—the eradication of American
slavery. On June 19, 1865, more than two years after President Lincoln
signed the Emancipation Proclamation, the word finally came down to
slaves in Texas, the westernmost of the Confederate states. Juneteenth
became so significant in black communities in Texas that it inspired
many to purchase and reserve a plot of land as a public park and
Across many parts of Texas, freed people pooled their funds to
purchase land specifically for their communities and festive
Juneteenth gatherings — including Houston’s Emancipation Park, Mexia’s
Booker T. Washington Park, and Emancipation Park in Austin.
Speeches were given, new works of art were created, dancing took
place. Wagons were decorated with flowers and a parade would proceed
around the park. In later years, automobiles were used to furnish
rides around the race track, which encircled the outer edge of the
parks. Now a century and half later these celebrations continue but
have declined, yet these historic sites remain with memories of these
rich cultural celebrations of public artistic expression among
I used to love going to our Juneteenth celebration. Most of the people I know don't know the significance of Juneteeth they just went for the food, to be seen in the hottest gear and famous acts. I stopped going because I got tired of running from bullets but it's like the most anticipated event in the city for Blacks.
back home i went to the festival most years, i'm actually surprised that the festival has survived every year...i heard that a lot of states don't have celebrations. it should get bigger though. 4th of july is NOTHING.
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