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Juneteenth Heritage Celebration

Join us to celebrate African-American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley!

152 years ago, Union general Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and made a declaration of freedom ending the bondage of about 250,000 enslaved men, women and children in Texas. Since that time, “Juneteenth” has been celebrated and remembered with picnics, parades, family reunions, pageants, barbecues and games. Join us as we observe this important occasion by celebrating the rich African-American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present. This FREE 2nd annual program for Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park will include artifact exhibits, art displays, prominent guest speakers such as historians, former athletes, Buffalo Soldiers and cowboys, live music, food and more!

Event Highlights

  • Dr. Lila Rakoczy - Texas Historical Commission - to present: No Man's Land: African American Texans in World War I
  • Myrtis Dightman, Sr. - Founder of Prairie View Trail Riders Association, the oldest African-American trail riders group in the country.  First African-American cowboy to compete in the National Finals Rodeo; 2016 member of the Professional Rodeo Hall of Fame.
  • Mt. Rose Missionary Baptist Church (Brenham) Men's Choir
  • Brandi Pace; African-American folk musician
  • The Fantasy Band: Blues & Jazz  music from Brenham
  • FREE admission to Barrington Living History Farm; special African-American foodways program
  • Chappell Hill Historic Society to display works of late African-American artist Rev. Johnnie Swearingen
  • Buffalo Soldier Museum, Houston TX
  • Prairie View Trail Riders Association
  • Children's crafts
  • Food and beverages available for purchase