Emancipation Park presents 149th Juneteenth Celebration
Emancipation Park Conservancy will present a virtual programming and interactive activities for the Juneteenth holiday. Juneteenth is the oldest known U.S. celebration of the end of slavery and commemorates June 19, 1865, the day that slaves were emancipated in Texas.
The theme this year is "Freedom and Justice," acknowledging the social injustice and inequality that led to a global reckoning with race and demands of better treatment of historically marginalized groups. The virtual events will highlight and celebrate the rich history of African-Americans in the U.S., including local businesses such as the Turkey Leg Hut, Houston Sauce Co., Crumbville, and the Emancipation Economic Development Council.
It will also honor the history of the park’s annual Juneteenth celebration by illuminating the foresight of Houston historical figure and former slave, Reverend Jack Yates in 1872. Yates was instrumental in organizing funding for the land that Emancipation Park sits on today and that continues to serve as the home for Houston’s annual Juneteenth celebration. The park was rededicated in 2017 after undergoing a 33.6 million extensive renovations. The park's history is significant as it is the oldest park in Houston and one of the oldest in Texas. It was purchased in 1872 by Richard Allen, Richard Brock, Yates, and Elias Dibble for $800. In the Jim Crow era, it was the sole public park available to African-Americans.
For the full list of activities and schedule, visit the event website.