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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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Urban Design Commission Work Session: 9:30 a.m. June 21, 2018; City Hall, second floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Urban Design Commission Public Hearing: 10 a.m. June 21, 2018; City Hall, second floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Canceled City of Fort Worth “Monthly Informational Forum for M/WBEs”: 11:30 a.m. June 21, 2018; James E. Guinn Entrepreneurial Campus - Fort Worth Business Assistance Center, 1150 South Freeway.

Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. June 21, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Trinity River Public Facility Corporation Special Meeting: 5 p.m. June 21, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 120 East 13th Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Regular Meeting: 5 p.m. June 21, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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North Beach Street Streetlights Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 21, 2018; Lakeland Street Baptist Church, 3551 cindy Drive.

Ridglea Area Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6:30 p.m. June 21, 2018; R.D. Evans Community Center, 3242 Lackland Road.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 1 p.m. June 22, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, 1st Floor, PharmaFab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Directors - Notice of Possible Quorum: 15th Annual City of Fort Worth Housing Summit: 8:30 a.m. June 23, 2018; Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway.
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Swimming Lessons - Registration begins for Session 2: 9 a.m. June 23, 2018; Forest Park Pool, 2850 Park Place Ave.
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Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: 9 a.m. June 23, 2018; Riverside Community Center , 3700 E. Belknap St.

Crud Cruiser Mobile Waste Collection: noon June 23, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center , 818 Missouri Ave.

Building Standards Commission Pre-Meeting: 9 a.m. June 25, 2018; City Hall, second floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.
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Building Standards Commission Meeting: 9:30 a.m. June 25, 2018; City Hall, second floor, Council Chamber, 200 Texas Street.
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Trinity Metro Finance & Audit Committee Working Session: 2:45 p.m. June 25, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center , 1001 Jones Street, 2nd Floor Community Room.
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Trinity Metro Board of Directors Meeting: 3:30 p.m. June 25, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center, 1001 Jones Street, 2nd Floor Community Room.
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Near Southside Infrastructure Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 25, 2018; Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway Ave.

Harmon Road Improvements Project Meeting: 6 p.m. June 25, 2018; O.A. Peterson Elementary School, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive.

City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. June 26, 2018; City Hall, Secind Floor, Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. June 26, 2018; City Hall, Secind Floor, Council Chambers, 200 Texas Street.

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