DALLAS (AP) – Communities across Texas have celebrated Juneteenth with flags, food and historic remembrances of when Texas slaves more than 150 years ago learned they were free.
On June 19, 1865, federal troops arrived in Galveston to declare Texas slaves free, more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.READ MORE: DFW Wedding Industry Seeing Boom Due To Both New And Rescheduled Events
Organizers say more than 200 people attended a prayer breakfast Monday in Galveston at the Ashton Villa, site of the city’s Juneteenth monument.READ MORE: Child Tax Credit: What Will The Revised Credit Mean For Families?
A family festival was planned Monday in Dallas at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.
Juneteenth parades were held Saturday in a number of cities, including Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Angelo and San Antonio. A health and wellness fair was held at the Abilene Convention Center. A Juneteenth Family Festival in Corpus Christi included public readings.MORE NEWS: Irving Police Arrest Man Known As 'Wolf' For Child Sex Abuse And Trafficking Dating Back To 1986
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