Updated: Friday, 18 Jun 2010, 10:54 AM CDT
Juneteenth is a commemoration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. It is a day, a week, sometimes even a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings.
In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities and religions are coming together to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today.
This weekend in Austin, several city and community organizations will be putting on events to encourage celebration.
The ATX Juneteenth Music Festival has organized a family and friend's event at Waterloo Park on Saturday, June 19th from 1pm-10pm. The Festival will showcase local artists and talent, a featured artist, food and informational booths, beverages, and giveaways.
The 21st Annual Travis County & City of Austin Employees Juneteenth event will be held Friday June 18 in Wooldridge Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are welcome. Hosted by Travis County Judge Samuel T. Biscoe and Commissioner Ron Davis, festivities include food, arts and crafts booths.
Greater East Austin Youth Association celebrations will take place throughout the weekend, with a focus on family-friendly events. A community clean-up is scheduled as well as a historical parade and celebration at the Doris Miller Auditorium.
The Carver Museum and Cultural Center will be hosting a Juneteenth Lunch on the Lawn on Saturday, June 19 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. on the Carver grounds (behind the museum).
Space 12 is hosting an arts & crafts bazaar titled "We Are Juneteenth" to coincide with Austin’s Juneteenth celebration. It will take place at Space12 on Saturday, June 19th from 10am-5pm with vendors, food, kid activities, and music performances.