Hundreds gather for annual Juneteenth celebration at Brandon Park

  • Hundreds gather for annual Juneteenth celebration at Brandon Park

Hundreds gather for annual Juneteenth celebration at Brandon Park

President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and published it on January 1, 1863, but it did not reach Texas for two years. From food, to music, there's fun for the entire family to enjoy. According to the official Juneteenth website, On June 19, Union General Gordon Granger and his troops made landfall in Galveston.

It was purchased for $800 in 1872 by a group of former enslaved African Americans as a gathering place to celebrate freedom.

People travel from hubs of black culture, like Atlanta, to attend the celebration, said Paula Prince, member of the Xi Epsilon Omega chapter of the AKA sorority.

The day is recognized for ending slavery in America on June 19, 1865.

"This year, we chose to celebrate Juneteenth in a different way", Saunders said.

"We want to celebrate the achievement of civil rights, all civil rights in the United States", says Bell.

In the nearby baseball field, the Gary Metro Little League Baseball team participated in the event's annual Juneteenth tournament. She said, "They could've chosen anyone, but they chose me". Support from subscribers is vital to continue our mission.

"So many whites have died for blacks to be free", she said. "With my leadership role and the people I surround myself with, they thought it was important I come in and help".

The African American Museum of Iowa has been Juneteenth all weekend. Smiling and blushing as she talked to a reporter, she said being picked to be the queen for such an important historical event was an honor.

"We'll see a lot of kids tomorrow", Filer said. "We want our surrounding communities to know that Cahokia is changing".

"This isn't the first Juneteenth event in Altus, but there hasn't been one in a while", Filer said.