Juneteenth celebrated all over Houston area

District 1 City Council Member Ora Houston waves to spectators

As Milwaukee's summer festival season is in effect, the Milwaukee Juneteenth Day Street Festival is set to celebrate its 46th year on June 19th, 2017.

When the slaves were freed, in 1865, they held rodeos, went fishing, had barbecues, payed baseball.

Blunt said Youth Challenge League Program has been volunteering at the Juneteenth celebration for the last six years. "So, we feel it's our mission to educate the community".

Juneteenth marks the day General Gordon Granger gave the news of freedom to slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865 in Galveston. I've talked to some grown people that were here today, and they didn't even know about Juneteenth. Things were different back in the day. They had peaceful good times. "We have to continue to fight".

Decades later, a celebration of freedom brought hundreds to Woldert Park in Tyler.


Cahokia Mayor Curtis McCall attended the event. No bond with them, no knowledge of what they've been through you can't help them through hard times like they've helped you through yours, " said Wiggins. "We are reaching out to our neighbors".

Steve Hoff of Buffalo said culture is one of the main reasons, apart from the motorcycle show, that he visits for both days every year. Previous year the celebration attracted more than 70,000 people over two days. It is important to know everyone's history.

Horskins, of St. Louis, was among the many area residents who came out to Beckett Park Sunday for the second annual celebration of what the organizer called "America's second Independence Day".

McCall said he would have liked to see a larger crowd attend the event.

"A lot of people aren't really born to be with horses". "I just didn't think they'd contribute to a black event, but they surprised me".

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