Juneteenth: Celebrating liberty, community

Posted on: May 31, 2013

They were free but didn’t know it.

For two and a half years, slaves in Texas served without knowledge of the Emancipation Proclamation until Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston on June 19, 1865, to announce their liberty. College of the Mainland will commemorate the historic day, representing freedom for all U.S. citizens, with a celebration June 19 at 12 p.m. in the COM Learning Resources Auditorium.
 
“Juneteenth is a time to celebrate with family and friends and acknowledge that every citizen of this great country is free. It is an important day for all to celebrate, regardless of race, color or creed,” said Tillie Henson, co-organizer of the event.
 
Honoring the day with poetry, song and history, the event is free and open to the public. Rev. Andrew Walker Berry II of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church, which celebrates 100 years of service in the Galveston community this year, will be the keynote speaker. A barbecue lunch will be served following the commemoration.
 
For more information, call 409-933-8284.

 

Rev. Andrew Walker Berry II of Greater Barbour’s Chapel Baptist Church will be the keynote speaker at COM’s Juneteenth Celebration.


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