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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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Workforce Solutions Youth Advisory Council: 9 a.m. Feb. 19, 2019; Board Large Conference Room, 1320 S. University Dr Suite 600.
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Canceled Audit Committee: 1 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Fort Worth Local Development Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Central City Local Government Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled AllianceAirport Authority: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled Lone Star Local Government Corporation: 2 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Community Meeting: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18 St.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Feb. 19, 2019; City Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Commercial Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Work Session: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Fort Worth Professional Fire Fighters Association Collective Bargaining Negotiations: 1 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; IAFF Local 440 Office, 3855 Tulsa Way.
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Residential Board of Adjustment Public Hearing: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Councill Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Work Session: 9:30 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; City Hall, Second Floor, City Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Black History Program at Southside Community Center: 11 a.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale.

Workforce Delivery Systems Committee: noon Feb. 21, 2019; Board Large Conference Room, 1320 S. Univeristy Drive Suite 600.
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Community Action Partners (CAP) Council: 1:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor, Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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Black History Program at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Property Taxes 101 Workshop: 6:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 2019; Northside Community Center, 1100 NW 18th St.

Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee: 9 a.m. Feb. 22, 2019; Fort Worth Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107.
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