A communitywide Juneteenth celebration has been scheduled for Tuesday in Waxahachie’s Penn Park.
Sponsored by the Waxahachie chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the celebration will kick off at 11 a.m. with the Juneteenth Parade with a community barbecue lunch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
“We’re going to have food, fun and games for the entire family. This is a day for everyone to celebrate and we want to see everyone take part,” said Betty Jefferson, president of the Waxahachie NAACP.
Juneteenth, or Freedom Day as it is also known, commemmorates the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas.
Although President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation nearly three years earlier, it wasn’t until June 19, 1865, that Union Gen. Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on Galveston Island and enforced the order in Texas, one of the last holdouts of slavery in the United States.