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Juneteenth Heritage Celebration

On the 19th of June 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and made a declaration of freedom ending the bondage of approximately 250,000 enslaved men, women and children in Texas. Since that time, Juneteenth has been celebrated and remembered by picnics, parades, family reunions, pageants, barbecues and games. The Brazos Valley has a rich history in celebrating Juneteenth, including the Juneteenth parade in Brenham, TX, which began in the early 1870s and continues to this day.

Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site observe this important occasion—from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, 2018—by celebrating the rich African American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present. This event will occur in the Visitor Center Complex, Conference Center and Education Center.

The Juneteenth Heritage Celebration will include artifact exhibits; art displays; musical performances; food; and more. Prominent guest speakers will include Dr. Lila Rakoczy--Programs Coordinator, Military Sites and Oral History Programs, at Texas Historical Commission--who will discuss Texas African Americans in World War I, with a focus on African Americans from the Brazos Valley.

Discount tour tickets for Independence Hall, Barrington Living History Farm and the Star of the Republic Museum are available that day.

For more information, contact Jon Failor at (936) 878-2214 ext. 224 or jon.failor@tpwd.texas.gov.

  • Presented By: Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
  • Dates: June 23, 2018
  • Location: Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
  • Address: 23400 Park Road 12
    Washington, TX 77880
  • Phone: (936) 878-2214
  • Time: 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Price: $0-$15
Juneteenth Heritage Celebration
  • 23400 Park Road 12
  • Washington, TX 77880
  • to
  • Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site
  • $0-$15