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TPWD News Release — June 22, 2017

Washington-on-the-Brazos Hosts Juneteenth Heritage Celebration

WASHINGTON— Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site will be hosting a free Juneteenth Heritage Celebration 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday to showcase the rich African-American heritage and culture of the Brazos Valley, past and present.

The program will include artifact exhibits; art displays; prominent guest speakers such as historians, former athletes and genealogists; living history buffalo soldiers and cowboys; church choir performances; food and more.

Speakers during the event include Hugh McElroy, the first black football player to start in a game for Texas A&M University in 1970 and Dr. Andrew Torget, a professor of history at the University of North Texas and author of “Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850.”

The Juneteenth Heritage Celebration will be held at the Visitor Center Complex, Conference Center and Education Center within the park.

For more information, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website or call 936-878-2214.