The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association presents a public Juneteenth Festival on June 20 in Georgetown. This is the 63rd annual Juneteenth celebration in Georgetown. The event will be at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.
Juneteenth Event Schedule
The Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 20 is 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event starts with a program including speaker Richard Glasco, The Groovers senior exercise/dance group, guitarist Rae Gill, and a spoken word performance by Team Gravy. A barbecue dinner will follow the program.
DJ Mike Jones will provide music for the afternoon activities. Officers from the Georgetown Police Department and firefighters from the Georgetown Fire Department will be at the event. The event also includes a jewelry display and a raffle and games for youth and adults.
Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers landed at Galveston and reported that the Civil War was over and slavery had ended. The Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves had been in effect since January 1, 1863, but word did not reach Texas for more than two years. Juneteenth was declared an official state holiday in Texas in 1980.
For more information, please contact Paulette Taylor, president of GCCMA, at (512) 863-2109, or Tyrone Adams, Juneteenth chairperson for GCCMA, at (512) 968-6361.