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Come Together for the Collin County Juneteenth Celebration
June 19 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
“The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.” – American General Gordon Granger
t’s been 156 years since news finally reached Texas that the more than 250,000 enslaved people were free. Today, Juneteenth Celebrations across the nation still mark this historic emancipation being shared in Galveston nearly three years late. In Plano, the Douglass Visions Committee is hosting the:
“Freedom, Justice and Equality for All” is the theme behind the day’s featured programs. You are invited to:
- Have free health screenings
- Receive COVID-19 vaccinations
- Hear music from the Pan African Drummers and a DJ
- Enjoy bounce houses and face painting
- Receive gift bags, food, face masks and face shields
The festival opening includes:
- Acknowledgment of City Council, guest and sponsors
- Proclamation by Mayor John B. Muns
- Greetings by Plano Police Chief Ed Drain
- History of Juneteenth by Heritage Farmstead
- Art Show, 3-6 p.m.
Later, end the multi-city event with “Juneteenth and Jazz” at the Art Center of Plano, 902 E. 16th Street. Bring your picnic basket, blanket or lawn chairs for the concert 6-9 p.m. on the Center grounds.
The Collin County Juneteenth Celebration is free to attend.