27th annual Juneteenth Celebration

A celebration of freedom was held Saturday, June 20 on the steps of the Anderson County Courthouse. In commemoration of Juneteenth, the celebration of the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, the Anderson County Negro Historical Preservation Committee held a parade that began at Calhoun Park and made its way to the courthouse. At the courthouse, there was a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and a re-enactment of the Freedmen’s March, commemorating the first black vote in 1868.

Speakers for this year’s event included ACNHPC member James Smith and Palestine Mayor Steve Presley.

Community leaders also in attendance were County Commissioner Rashad Mims, City Councilman Mitchell Jordan, Sheriff elect Rudy Flores, Constable Doug Lightfoot, Veteran Service Officer Vernon Denman, and several police officers.