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Juneteenth observations celebrate 153 years of freedom in Fort Worth

Posted June 11, 2018

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The Juneteenth parade starts at O.D. Wyatt High School and makes its way to the TCC South Campus.

A full weekend of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 153rd anniversary of emancipation in Texas.

Juneteenth commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South.

Fort Worth will celebrate the event June 14-19.

Festival

The highlight of the weekend will be the Juneteenth Community Festival at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, on June 16. The event includes a 5K walk/run, three-on-three basketball tournament, barbecue cook-off and an awards ceremony. Admission is free.

Parade

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. June 16 at O.D. Wyatt High School, 2400 E. Seminary Drive. The parade will proceed south on Campus Drive to the South Campus of Tarrant County College.

For information about participating in the parade, call Dione Sims at 682-738-6055.

See a full schedule of events.

City Hall events

Two Fort Worth City Hall events are coming up that celebrate the historical and cultural significance of Juneteenth. These programs are made possible through a collaboration between the city’s Juneteenth Employee Committee and the Human Relations Commission’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

An outdoor dance program will take place from noon-1 p.m. June 15 in the north plaza of City Hall, 200 Texas St. Local dance groups will perform the juba, lindy-hop, swing, tap, salsa and step. Food trucks will be available from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Wessyngton Plantation: A Family’s Road to Freedom, a 29-minute film, will be screened from noon-1 p.m. June 19 in the City Hall Council Chamber. It is based on the book, The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation that was the culmination of 30 years of research, with author John F. Baker Jr. detailing the lives of multiple generations of his family members who labored at Wessyngton Plantation.

Exhibit

Visit a special Juneteenth historical exhibit at the main foyer of the Central Library, 500 W 3rd St., June 7-30.

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Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 8:30 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.
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Holiday Breakfast and Bingo at Southwest Community Center: 10 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: noon Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1 p.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.
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Christmas Social at Southside Community Center: 4 p.m. Dec. 19, 2018; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Christmas Bingo at Doc Session Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 19, 2018; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania.

Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2018; City Hall, second floor, Council Conference Room 290 , 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Work Session: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Christmas Brunch at MLK Jr. Community Center: 10 a.m. Dec. 20, 2018; MLK Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Prairie Lights at Grand Prairie with Southwest Community Center: 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, 2018; Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Toy Giveaway at Riverside Community Center: 5 p.m. Dec. 20, 2018; Riverside Community Center, 3700 E. Belknap.

City Plan Commission Work Session: noon Dec. 21, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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City Plan Commission Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.
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Cookies with Santa at Andrew Doc Session Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 21, 2018; Andrew Doc Session Community Center, 201 S. Sylvania .

Christmas Gala at Southside Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 21, 2018; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Holiday Shop N Drop at Hillside Community Center: 7:30 a.m. Dec. 22, 2018; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Holiday Shop N Drop at Worth Heights Community Center: 10 a.m. Dec. 22, 2018; Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave.

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