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Video: Juneteeth And The Evolution Of Emancipation Park

Follow the transformation of the park from the 1800s to today.

After more than $30 million in renovations, Emancipation Park is holding a re-dedication ceremony Juneteenth weekend.

The ceremony happens at 11am during a day-long festival on Saturday, June 17 celebrating the re-opening of the park.

Historically, Juneteenth is June 19 — the anniversary of the announcement of the end of slavery in Texas. On June 19 this year, there will be an informal gathering at the park to celebrate.

In the video above, we take a quick look the significance of Juneteenth and the evolution of Emancipation Park.

It all began when the original 10 acres of land was purchased by former slaves for $800 in 1872. 

Below is the radio version of this story used for News 88.7, produced by Dacia Clay.


Tomeka Weatherspoon

Tomeka Weatherspoon

Senior Producer

Tomeka Weatherspoon is an Emmy-award winning producer. She produces segments, the weekly television program Arts InSight, the short film showcase The Territory and a forthcoming digital series on innovation. Originally from the Midwest, Tomeka studied convergence journalism from the world’s first journalism school at the University of Missouri. She has...

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