June 7, 2016

Juneteenth - 2016

Juneteenth is a celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22nd, 1862, with an effective date of January 1st, 1863. However, it wasn't until June 19th, 1865 that the slaves in Texas heard about their freedom.

On June 18th, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with 2,000 troops to enforce the emancipation of the slaves of Texas. On June 19th, Gen. Granger read "General Order No. 3" from the balcony of the Ashton Villa:
"The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere."
That memorable day became known as Juneteenth, a combination of the words June and nineteenth.

Juneteenth Celebration in Bastrop

  • Juneteenth Gospel Fest Musical - June 12th, 4pm at Lone Star Baptist Church, located at Shiloh Road in Bastrop
  • Juneteenth Celebration Banquet - June 17th, 7pm at the Hampton Inn and Suites Bastrop, located at 240 S. Hasler Blvd. in Bastrop; "Recognizing Bastrop County African American Business Owners," Guest Speaker: Rev. Eric Tarver
  • Juneteenth Parade - June 18th, 10am beginning at the Bastrop ISD Service Center, located at Farm & Hill Street in Bastrop
  • Emancipation Program - June 18th, 11:30am at the Kerr Community Center, located at 1308 Walnut Street in Bastrop
  • Blue Flame Cruisers Car Show - June 18th, 8am-4pm at Bastrop City Hall, located at 1311 Chestnut Street in Bastrop
  • Juneteenth Street Dance - June 18th, 8-11pm on Main Street in downtown Bastrop; live music featuring “All U Need”

Juneteenth Celebration in Elgin

  • Pageant - June 9th, 7pm at the Elgin ISD Administration Building, located at 1002 N. Avenue C in Elgin; ages 1 month through 6 years
  • Street Dance - June 10th, 8pm-midnight at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 109 Depot Street in Elgin; DJ Reeseboi, vendors, food, and more
  • Parade - June 11th, 10am beginning at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, located at 510 M.L.K. Blvd. in Elgin
  • Juneteenth Celebration - June 11th, 10am-6pm at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 109 Depot Street in Elgin; live music, food, vendors, and more

For more information about the Juneteenth festivities in Bastrop, click here, and for more information about the Juneteenth festivities in Elgin, click here.

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