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Dallas — By Tui Cameron on June 18, 2010 at 4:18 pm
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Celebrate Juneteenth in Sundance Square

Juneteenth statue in Texas

Juneteenth statue in Galveston, Texas

In this era of cell phones and social networking, it’s easy to forget that news did not always travel so quickly. Case in point: although Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect in 1863, slaves in Texas did not learn of their freedom until two years later.

Juneteenth is the annual celebration of the day Texas finally got it straight. Union General Gordon Granger, backed by federal troops, took possession of Texas on June 18th, 1865. On June 19th, 1865 General Granger gave a public reading of the Emancipation Proclamation from a public balcony in Galveston. Ever since, both June 18th and 19th have been dates chosen to celebrate these historical events.

Juneteenth has been officially recognized as a holiday in the state of Texas since 1980. While banks and state offices remain open, many people choose to take a day or two off for observance.

To that end, Sundance Square in Fort Worth is hosting a free Juneteenth celebration. There’s even free parking in all downtown parking garages after 5:00 p.m. Festivities include food, art, and free live music. Friday’s headliners are the Bar Keys, who play at 8:45 p.m. On Saturday, the SOS Band has the top slot, also playing at 8:45 p.m.

All proceeds from this Juneteenth event benefit Renaissance Cultural Center, a local non-profit organization offering cultural events, and community outreach programs.

What: 2010 Juneteenth Celebration in Sundance Square
When: June 18th, 2010 (5:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.), June 19th, 2010 (2:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.)
Where: Chisholm Trail Parking Lot (115 West 3rd Street, Fort Worth, 76102) (map)
Price: Free admission and Free Parking in downtown parking garages after 5:00p.m.
More information: Visit the Sundance Square official website.

Photo credit: Nsaum @flickr CC-C

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