Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX

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June 13, 2014

Juneteenth events set for J’ville, Rusk

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Communities in Cherokee County will be celebrating Juneteenth – a name given to emancipation day by blacks in Texas – during the next two Saturdays.

In Rusk, the annual Cherokee County Juneteenth Parade begins at 11 a.m. tomorrow in downtown Rusks and ends at the I. C. Conley Park on Reeder Street.

A program follows at Mount Pleasant CME Church, adjacent to the park, where Houston County Attorney Daphne Session and Ralph Carter, retired U. S. Postal Services, will address the crowd.

Refreshments will be served in the park immediately after the program.

In Jacksonville, A Little Bit Of Everything Inc. will host a celebration starting at 10 a.m. July 21 at Northside Community Center and concluding in Lincoln Park at the pavilion.

Events include a history of Juneteenth, awards and recognition, food, entertainment and other fun activities. Drawings also will be held throughout the day, as will a fundraiser for Jacob Session, a local youth injured in a fire.

The Juneteenth tradition traces back to June 19, 1865, when more than 250,000 slaves in Texas were freed as Union Major-General Gordon Granger issued a statement of General Orders No. 3 to the people of Galveston.

The Texas declaration came two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed The Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1, 1863, declaring all slaves in the United States to be free.

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