Washington on the Brazos is holding its first Juneteenth celebration on June 24.
From 10 a.m. until 4:30, bring the whole family out for a remembrance of the end of the Civil War and the emancipation of slaves.
The Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church Choir joined Free Music Friday to preview the festivities. The choir is part of a musical lineup performing at the celebration.
More details are below from the Washington on the Brazos State Park website:
Juneteenth Heritage Program
06/24/2017, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Location: Independence Hall
On the 19th of June 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and made a declaration of freedom ending the bondage of approximately 250,000 enslaved men, women and children in Texas. Since that time, “Juneteenth” has been celebrated and remembered by picnics, parades, family reunions, pageants, barbecues and games. Join us as we observe this important occasion and celebrate the rich African American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present. This new program for Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site will include artifact exhibits, art displays, guest speakers such as historians and genealogists, living history buffalo soldiers and cowboys, music, food and more.
Event Highlights include:
– Dr. Andrew Torget, Professor of History at University of North Texas, author of Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
–Hugh McElroy, first black football player to start in a game for Texas A&M University, 1970, will be a featured guest speaker for this event.
– Stonehamville United Methodist Church (Plantersville, TX) Youth Choir
– Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church (Brenham, TX) Men’s Choir
– Chappell Hill Historical Society to display works of late African American artist Rev. Johnnie Swearingen
– Buffalo Soldiers Heritage Program
– Prairie View Trail Riders Association
– BBQ and Beverages available for purchase
For more information, contact Jon Failor at (936) 878-2214 ext. 224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.