Juneteenth in College Station
Everything's bigger in Texas: the hair, the food and, of course, the celebrating. While it is now recognized around the country, Juneteenth in College Station is unique to Texas. Residents and visitors alike are invited to celebrate Juneteenth in College Station at any of the free events scheduled throughout the month of June.
History of Juneteenth in College Station
Although President Lincoln's official Emancipation Proclamation was signed in September of 1862, the lives of slaves living in Confederate states like Texas didn't change much. That is, until troops were sent into Galveston on June 18, 1865 to enforce the proclamation. On June 19th, General Gordon Granger officially proclaimed that, from that day forward, all slaves were free and must now be paid as hired help. Thus, "Freedom Day", aka Juneteenth, was born.
Juneteenth Events in College Station
June 13th - Freedom Walk and Storytelling, Lincoln Recreation Center, 9am to 11:30am. Take a two mile walk from the center to the George Bush Library and Museum. Afterwards, hear stories about the emancipation of the slaves in Texas.
June 17th - Praises at the Pavilion, WA Tarrow Pavilion, Lincoln Recreation Center, 6pm. Spiritual groups from around Bryan-College Station will be on hand to sing praise and celebrate Juneteenth in College Station.
June 19th - Family Fun Carnival, Lincoln Recreation Center, 5pm. Enjoy an evening of free family-friendly fun, including music, carnival games and lots of activities.
For more information on Juneteenth in College Station, please call the Lincoln Recreation Center at (979) 764-3779. Texas is steeped in history. Come celebrate Juneteenth in College Station anytime during the month of June.
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