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July 4, 2014

Declaring independence again

GREENVILLE — A group of local attorneys gathered Thursday morning on the north steps of the Hunt County Courthouse to recite the words which helped create the United States 238 years ago.

Members of the Hunt County Bar Association  conducted a public reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The event was sponsored by the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). The organization has been presenting readings of the Declaration on each July 3 since 2010.

Thursday’s reading was the first in Hunt County and was organized by Katherine Ferguson.

 A small crowd gathered as nine attorneys from the county, including 354th District Judge Richard A. Beacom and County Court at Law No. 2 Judge Duncan Thomas, took turns reading the sections of the document.

The TCDLA indicated that readings were scheduled Thursday in 68 cities across Texas, in seven cities outside the state, as well as in Paris, France and Cancun, Mexico.

Ferguson said the Hunt County Bar Association plans to conduct a reading again on July 3, 2015.

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