Community reflects on Juneteenth with Freedom Walk

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) Tuesday morning, residents from Bryan and College Station celebrated Juneteenth which marked the end of slavery in Texas. 154 years ago, more than 250,000 enslaved people in Texas became free.

This year's annual Freedom Walk had over 200 participants walk 2.2 miles from the Lincoln Center to George Bush Library. Eric Peyton marches to remember each year.

"The history behind slavery, and what we had had to overcome or our ancestors in order to participate in this day," Eric said.

He also noticed there was more participation this year.

"Every year that we do this event the amount of people showing up is increasing," Peyton said.

Cheletia Johnson runs the Lincoln Recreation Center and agrees it's a day worth celebrating no matter where you are from.

"Even though we're from Bryan and we're from College Station we're all just one big community," said Cheletia. "That's what we want to celebrate today, freedom and unity."

Cheletia says after walking in such hot conditions, she hopes people leave feeling empowered.

"That they are able to accomplish certain things and being confident in their abilities," said Cheletia.

"We're all together and not separated," said 12-year-old Camille Johnson.

For more information on Juneteenth events in Bryan and College Station, please check out their websites.