By BRAD KELLAR
The annual observance of Juneteenth is scheduled Thursday at Graham Park in Greenville.
With the theme of “Freedom’s Day in the Park”, the event is sponsored by the Greenville NAACP, The Corporation for Cultural Diversity and the Mighty Men of Valor, with activities planned between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m..
Monica Fisher, president of The Greenville Branch of the NAACP, said the event will offer lots of opportunities for recreation and mixing with friends and neighbors.
“There will be free food and drinks, bounce houses and other kid-friendly activities.” Fisher said. “There will also be health benefits screenings and educational information offered throughout the day. Deputy Voter registrars will also be available to help those that wish to register to vote.”
KKVI Radio will be broadcasting live and free hot dogs and food will be served starting at noon, followed by bingo and domino tournaments until 3:30 p.m..
Local youth will be providing entertainment and there will be an opportunity for individuals that come to the event to sign up and participate.
A program about the history of Juneteenth in Texas and Hunt County is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., with the domino tournament awards presented at 5:30 p.m..
“We want to gratefully acknowledge our donors that helped make this year’s Freedom’s Day in the Park a reality,” Fisher said. “Migalitos Supermercado, KKVI Radio, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Super 1 Grocery, Brookshire’s Grocery Store, Greenville Community Health Center, Wal-Mart of Greenville, the Magnuson Hotel of Commerce, Family Christian Store, Mount Olive Baptist Church, Aerobic Water, Fanci Candy and Hunt County Shared Ministries have generously helped make this day possible. We hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity for family fun and to learn about Juneteenth and why it is an important part of our African-American and Texas history.”
Fisher said anyone that wants more information about this year’s Juneteenth celebration can call 903-455-2205.
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth is the remembrance of June 19, 1865, when the enslaved in Galveston received word of their freedom under the Emancipation Proclamation.