AUSTIN (KXAN) - Celebrations in honor of Juneteenth took place across Austin on Saturday.
Juneteenth is the oldest known African-American celebration commemorating the end of slavery.
On January 1st, 1863, then President Abraham Lincoln singed into law the Emancipation Proclamation giving slaves freedom.
Slaves in Texas weren't made aware of their freedom until June 19th, 1865, when General Gordon Granger, the commander of the U.S. troops in Texas arrived in Galveston and read the general order.
Former slaves marked the day with Juneteenth celebrations. African Americans often met with resistance to the celebrations and in turn purchased emancipation grounds.
Emancipation Park in East Austin was such a place, in 1930 the first Juneteenth celebration was held at Rosewood Park.
2K Freedom Run/Walk
Comal St. and MLK Blvd
Join family, friends, neighbors, community organizations & businesses at this highly visible, very powerful event that will raise awareness about the increasing prevalence of health disparities within the African-American community. This successful event celebrates freedom and promotes healthy living. Click here to download the 2011 2K Registration Form
Juneteenth Historical Parade
Comal St. and MLK Blvd
Floats…Clowns…Bands…Auto Show. Click here to download the 2011 Parade Registration Form
12:00 Noon - 9pm
Rosewood Park - 1182 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Kids Area Rides and Games…R&B, Blues, Hip-Hop, Gospel…
To register, click here 2011 Vendor Registration Form
Historical Community Program
1pm - 3pm
Doris Miller Auditorium - 2300 Rosewood Ave.
The historically focuesed program begins immediately after the parade inside Doris Miller Auditorium,
includes dignitaries, keynote, historical movements, spiritual, poetry, and praise dance.
The 2011 Central Texas Juneteenth Celebration will take place Saturday, June 18 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Full road closures for the 2K march will start at 8 a.m. beginning at Comal Street and traveling east along MLK Boulevard, south on Chicon Street, and east on Rosewood Avenue to Hargrave Street. These roads will reopen after the parade at approximately 1 p.m.
Full road closures for the festival will occur at 5 a.m. on streets bordering Rosewood Park including Chestnut and Rosewood avenues, and reopen at 10 p.m. Additional street closures may take place along Bedford, Hargrave, Neal, and Thompson streets depending on traffic conditions.
Alternative routes suggested are north and south on Airport Boulevard and IH-35, and east and west on Manor Road, E. 7th, and Cesar Chavez streets.
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