A series of events are planned to celebrate Juneteenth in Fort Worth this year, Texas emancipation’s 150th anniversary.
The holiday celebrates June 19, 1865, the day Texans learned slavery had been abolished. It was two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect on Jan. 1, 1863.
The weekend’s theme in Fort Worth is “None of Us are Free Until We’re all Free.” The city is celebrating Friday and Saturday. Other community events are also being organized elsewhere.
Juneteenth 2015 events
“Juneteenth in Texas: 150 Years of Freedom” is an exhibit that features more than 60 photographs from across the state. The exhibit is on display at the University of Texas at Arlington’s Central Library and is co-sponsored by UT Arlington Libraries, UT Arlington History Department and Center for Greater Southwestern Studies. It is free and open to the public during library hours through Aug. 9. For more information, call 817-272-3000.
▪ The 12th Annual Evangelist Lillian Bush Memorial Breakfast of Prayer. The all-faith ecumenical service starts at 9 a.m. at the Baker Chapel AME Church, 1050 E. Humbolt St. Celebration speaker is the Rev. Karl Travis of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth. Brunch follows immediately.
▪ A noon celebration in the City Council chamber at Fort Worth City Hall will include keynote speaker the Rev. Marlon Jones, Voice of Influence founder and CEO. Master of ceremonies is Estrus Tucker, human rights advocate. The event includes live entertainment, music, vendors and more. For information, call Andrea Dean at 817-891-6023 or Kenneth Alexander at 817-392-2473. The celebration is presented by the City of Fort Worth Martin Luther King Jr./Juneteenth and Juneteenth FW committees.
▪ A dedication is planned for a mosaic glass art piece that commemorates Miss Hazel Harvey Peace, a longtime I.M. Terrell teacher who helped generations of African-American students. “Consequently,” a piece by Tina McIntire, will be dedicated at 3 p.m. at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave. in Fort Worth. Speakers include council member Kelly Allen Gray. The event is free to public and includes light refreshments.
▪ The Juneteenth Parade kicks off at 9 a.m. from the corner of Rosedale Street and Evans Avenue and ends in Cobb Park. For information about participating, call Joe Roland at 817-980-7045.
▪ Juneteenth Festival in the Park at Cobb Park, 2700 Cobb Park Dr., is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. A hip-hop concert is 10 a.m.-2 p.m, followed by an R&B concert 3 p.m.-7 p.m. Admission is free. Parking is available at Berry Street and Riverside Drive with shuttle transportation to the park.
Historic free tours will celebrate African-American h2istory on Friday and Saturday. The tours will explore history at the Denton Historical Park Museums, the Bayless-Selby House and the Quakertown House. Trained guides will offer two group tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tour participants should meet at 317 W. Mulberry St. in Denton. The tours will chronicle the African-American experience in Denton before and after the displacement of Quakertown residents.