Hundreds celebrate freedom at Tyler Juneteenth celebration


Hundreds celebrate freedom at Tyler Juneteenth celebration

Known for her strong radio presence, radio personality Mina SayWhat is an advocate for Juneteenth celebrations in the City of Brotherly Love.

Though President Abraham Lincoln had signed the proclamation more than two years previously, it was not until June 19, 1865 that Major Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas to inform the farmers and townspeople that the proclamation had been signed.

"It educates the younger generation and they look forward to it", Sessions said.

Mayor Sylvester Turner led rededication ceremonies at the Emancipation Park property, bought more than 140 years ago by ex-slaves who pooled their money to raise hundreds of dollars.

The festival that followed included live music, fun activities for kids such as a giant slide, delicious local soul food and a number of community resource booths, is held annually.

Williams was a member of St. Luke Baptist Church where she served as Head Deaconess, "She said it's important for African American children to know history, as other children knew theirs", Sadie Roberts-Joseph, Museum creator.

The event marks the announcement of the end of the Civil War and enactment of the Emancipation Proclamation ending slavery in the US on June 19, 1865.

Organizer Lee Dawson Jr. with the Greater East Austin Youth Association said Juneteenth is also meant to educate the youth.

Juneteenth goes back more than 100 years.

Steve Hoff of Buffalo said culture is one of the main reasons, apart from the motorcycle show, that he visits for both days every year. "Something that makes unseen things manifest and allows him to come to his hopes and dreams through his outer eye and through the touch and feel of his natural hand".

"I tend to believe African American history is kept in the closet unless it's forced to come out", Bergen County NAACP President Anthony Cureton said in a phone interview.

The event also stressed the importance of Juneteenth.

The event was put on by the NAACP of Sioux City.



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