The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association hosts a public Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 18 in Georgetown. This is the 64th annual Juneteenth celebration in Georgetown. The community event will be at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.
Juneteenth Event Schedule
The Juneteenth event begins at 11 a.m. with guest speaker Alicia Moore, associate professor of education at Southwestern University. The event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. also includes performances by guitarist Rae Gill and The Groovers senior exercise/dance group. A barbecue dinner for $5 per plate 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, 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.