Juneteenth Heritage Program

06/23/2018, 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

On the 19th of June 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and made a declaration of freedom ending the bondage of approximately 250,000 enslaved men, women and children in Texas.  Since that time, Juneteenth has been celebrated and remembered by picnics, parades, family reunions, pageants, barbecues and games.  The Brazos Valley has a rich history in celebrating Juneteenth, including the Juneteenth parade in Brenham, TX, which began in the early 1870s and continues to this day.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site will observe this important occasion—from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018—by celebrating the rich African American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present. This event will occur in the Visitor Center Complex, Conference Center and Education Center.

The Juneteenth Heritage Celebration will include artifact exhibits; art displays; musical performances; food; and more. Prominent guest speakers will include Dr. Lila Rakoczy—Programs Coordinator, Military Sites and Oral History Programs, at Texas Historical Commission—who will discuss Texas African Americans in World War I, with a focus on African Americans from the Brazos Valley; Lloyd Mays, native Brenham artist, poet and author of I Came From Hog Branch; Myrtis Dightman, Sr.—co-founder of the Prairie View Trail Riders Association—will speak on his experiences as one of the first black rodeo cowboys to ride in a white rodeo circuit and the first black professional cowboy to compete in the National Finals Rodeo; last year, he was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame.

Discount tour tickets for Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum are available that day.

 For more information, contact Jon Failor at (936) 878-2214 ext. 224 or jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov.


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