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Commemorate the abolition of slavery at one of Fort Worth’s Juneteenth celebrations

Posted June 13, 2019 | Last updated June 14, 2019

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

While President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation lawfully took effect on Jan. 1, 1863, it took some time before the news made it to the farthest corners of the country. Union soldiers eventually landed at Galveston on June 19, 1865, bringing the news with them, and thus, Juneteenth was born — a holiday that commemorates the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Several Fort Worth organizations will be honoring this historic occasion with a variety of events and activities.

Juneteenth celebration at City Hall

The City of Fort Worth’s Juneteenth Celebration will take place from noon to 1 p.m. June 19 at the north plaza of City Hall, 200 Texas St.

Festivities will include a presentation about the history of the Juneteenth flag, and the program, “Styles Through the Years…Expressions of Freedom” will chronicle the history and evolution of African American hair and headwear with an outdoor style-show program.

Participants can bring a lunch, or purchase food from nearby food trucks, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Juneteenth: A Celebration of Freedom

Local historian Gayle Hanson will give a special presentation about Juneteenth, providing context on reasons why it’s celebrated and how the holiday has evolved over the years. This presentation is free and will take place at 6:30 p.m. June 19 in the Tandy Lecture Hall of the Fort Worth Public Library’s Central Branch, 500 W. Third St.

Hanson is a historian, genealogist and lecturer who also serves as the librarian/archivist of the Texas Prince Hall Wilbert M. Curtis Library Museum.

Celebrate Juneteenth at a Fort Worth community center

A few Fort Worth community centers will be hosting Juneteenth festivities, and residents throughout the city are welcome to attend. Contact each center for specific information about their event.

Stop Six Juneteenth : 5 p.m. June 21, 2019; MLK Jr. Community Center, 5565 Truman Drive.

Citywide celebration

A full week of Juneteenth celebrations will mark the 154th anniversary of emancipation in Texas.

The highlight will be the Juneteenth Community Festival at Tarrant County College South Campus, 5301 Campus Drive, on June 15. The event includes a 5K walk/run, entertainment on the main stage, a barbecue cook-off and an awards ceremony. Admission is free.

The Juneteenth parade begins at 9 a.m. June 15 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 Gina Monday at 817-521-6807.

See a full schedule of events.

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