Central Texas is getting ready for celebrate the Juneteenth weekend.
(Juneteenth is a celebration of June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gordon Granger landed at Galveston and issued a proclamation that declared slaves in Texas to be free three years after Congress passed and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. Large celebrations began the next year and eventually spread to neighboring states. Interest declined during World War II and again during the 1950s and 1960s, but in the 1970s observances were revived in some communities. Since 1980, June 19 has been observed as Emancipation Day in Texas, which is a state partial-staffing holiday.)
Mr. and Miss Juneteenth Pageant Friday at the Waco Hippodrome at 7 p.m.
The 10th Annual Juneteenth Parade on Elm Avenue starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.
At Brazos Park East, the Family Fun Day will be held starting at 3 p.m.
In concert that night, the hip hop group Dru Hill will perform along with Bigg Robb, and Lil' Ronnie.
Then Sunday at 2 p.m. at Brazos Park East, a free Gospel Blowout will be held, also honoring Father's Day.
Tickets for the Saturday concert may be purchased online.
17th Annual Juneteenth Festival
Thursday, June 21, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friendship House Community Center located at 1609 E. Avenue I.
The event will consist of many programs, a salute to history, and live music from the 1st Cavalry Jazz Combo Band.
A traditional southern-style lunch will be served.
In Harker Heights the Shades of Black Juneteenth Celebration will take place.
It is a free event that will consist of vendors, poets, gospel, rap, and dance groups.
There will be a Fashion and Natural Hairshow and activities for the children.
This event is from 3p.m. to 10p.m., Sundau, June 17, 2018 at the Harker Heights Event Center at 710 Edwards Drive.
The "Taste Of Black Killeen" begins at 2p.m. to 9p.m. at the same place.
Mexia’s annual Juneteenth celebration runs from Friday through Tuesday at Booker T. Washington Historical Park on Lake Mexia. (More Information)
(Compiled by Ke'Sha Lopez)