The Blair Foundation and the Elite News present North Texas Juneteenth Celebration
The Blair Foundation and the Elite News will present the North Texas Juneteenth Celebration, March, and Festival. The event will feature local black-owned vendors, live entertainment, concessions, health and beauty expos, tech and panel discussions addressing topics indicative of personal and community advancement, a Kid Zone filled with kid-friendly activities, and other cultural activations to celebrate the national holiday.
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, traveled to Galveston, Texas, to announce to over 250,000 enslaved people that they were free. President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation two and a half years earlier, but the word had not reached Texas. The Dallas Historical Society has the only known original copy of the "General Orders," and they will be on display at the Hall of State during the Juneteenth Celebration.