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Juneteenth at Emancipation Park

The world’s oldest Juneteenth parade and festival takes place once again this year, where it began, at Emancipation Park in Houston. The 141st annual celebration commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. That announcement came some two and half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation took effect in the North. […]

The world's oldest Juneteenth parade and festival takes place once again this year, where it began, at Emancipation Park in Houston. The 141st annual celebration commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. That announcement came some two and half years after President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation took effect in the North. It wasn't until the Confederacy ended, and the Union took back control of the state of Texas, that many southern slaves were informed of their freedom. That announcement is celebrated each June 19th – or – Juneteenth. We learn about Juneteenth, and about Emancipation Park.

 

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Craig Cohen

Executive Producer/Host, Houston Matters

Craig Cohen is the executive producer and host of Houston Matters, which airs weekday mornings at 9:00 on Houston Public Media, News 88.7 FM. Craig is a 20+ year veteran of broadcast journalism. He's spent the bulk of his career in public media, in roles ranging from programmer and manager,...

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