June 19 @ 10:30 am
First, the history
Do you know the history? On the 19th of June, 1865, enslaved people in Texas learned the Emancipation Proclamation was signed long ago, on Jan. 1, 1863. Because of this, they discovered they were supposed to have been freed. Texans historically observe this date with various cultural celebrations.
Second, the activities
The African American Cultural Society will host Port Arthur’s 2021 Juneteenth events. Join the community in raising the stars and stripes. The event will be at 10:30 a.m. on June 18, the day before Juneteenth. Gather at the Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse, 525 Lakeshore Drive.
Because this is near our beautiful seawall, look out to the waters to check for seagoing vessels.
Want to learn more? After you attend the flag raising, next head to the Port Arthur Public Library. They will present a Juneteenth display throughout the month. Certainly, this will include stories of music, cultural foods and pride. Carolyn M. Thibodeaux, children’s librarian, is a coordinator for the African American Culture Society.