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Celebrate Juneteenth with local events across the Brazos Valley

Published: Jun. 19, 2020 at 8:30 AM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) -Friday and Saturday, events will be held across the Brazos Valley to celebrate Juneteenth.

Juneteenth has a little extra meaning in Texas because the historic moment took place in Galveston on June 19, 1865, when a Union General proclaimed that all slaves were now free two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamationmation took effect.

Below is a list of the Juneteenth events taking place throughout the Brazos Valley:

Brazos Valley African American Museum: Juneteenth Curbside Celebration

  • Participants can stay in their cars, receive information on Juneteenth, and pick up a cool treat.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. - noon
  • 500 E. Pruitt St, Bryan
  • The museum will also be open Friday with free admission from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • For more information on the event, click here.

Navasota Freedom March

  • The Freedom March will be led by Mildred Edwards, “the first and only African American woman to serve on Navasota City Council,” according to the Navasota Examiner.
  • A short program will be held at Navasota City Hall.
      • Speakers include Brenda Williams, Navasota Police Chief Shawn Myatt, Navasota Mayor Bert Miller, Navasota Athletic Director Casey Dacus, and Mildred Edwards, according to the Navasota Examiner.
  • The Freedom March is not a protest march.
  • Friday, 9:30 a.m.
  • The March starts Navasota High School and ends at Navasota City Hall.
  • Navasota High School: 1 Rattler Dr, Navasota
  • Elders are allowed to use ATVs and cars in the parade.
  • For more information on the event, click here.

The 80th Juneteenth Celebration presented by the Grimes County 19th of June Association

  • The event will still take place with a parade, but the free barbeque dinner and rodeo have been canceled due to the Coronavirus concerns, according to the Navasota Examiner.
  • Friday, 11 a.m.
  • Historic downtown Anderson
  • For more information on the event, click here.

Madisonville and Surrounding Cities Juneteenth Celebration

  • Celebration of June 19th
    • Enjoy games, food and drinks, waterslide and bounce houses, and more.
    • Friday, 5:30 p.m.
    • Juneteenth Center: 1101 7th St., Madisonville.
  • June 20th Peaceful March
    • The march will start at the Madison County Square and will end at the Juneteenth Center.
    • Following the march, there will be a family-friendly Black History presentation.
  • For more information on both events, click here.

Hearne Juneteenth Parade March

  • Free pizza and hamburgers will be provided by GATX at the West Side Pavilion.
  • There will be cash prizes and trophies awarded in several categories for parade participants.
  • Saturday, the parade starts at noon.
  • The parade starts at Blackshear Park.
  • For more information on the event, click here.

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