Juneteenth, which is also known as Emancipation Day, marks the end of slavery in Texas and the United States.
On June 19, 1865, Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, TX, and announced the end of the Civil War and the end of slavery.
The celebration is especially important in the state. Although Abraham Lincoln declared the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier in 1863, it didn't have much effect in Texas because there were so few Union troops to enforce it.
Here are the events taking place in and around the city:
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- City Hall will screen the film "Wessyngton Plantation: A Family’s Road to Freedom," which is based on the book "The Washingtons of Wessyngton Plantation" by John F. Baker Jr. It details the lives several generations of his family that worked as slaves on the plantation of the same name in Tennessee. The screening will be held at noon in the City Hall Council Chamber.
- Tarrant County College - Northeast Campus partnered with the campus chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority to host the inaugural event, "A Celebration of Art and Letters." The event will acknowledge the moment in history with music, dance and spoken word. A reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the event at 6:30 p.m. at 828 West Harwood (Center Corner, NSTU 1615A) Hurst, TX 76054.
- Juneteenth Fort Worth will show the Juneteenth episode of the ABC comedy, "Blackish", at 7:00 p.m. at the TCC South Rotunda Auditorium, followed by a community forum.
- TCC - Trinity River Campus will play documentaries highlighting the significance of Juneteenth on monitors along its Main St. walkway in front of the TRTR Building throughout the day.