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Live at Emancipation Park for Juneteenth: Monday’s Show (June 19, 2017)

Houston Matters broadcasts live from Emancipation Park with people celebrating the reopening of this cherished resource in Houston’s African American community.


The renovated rec center at Houston’s Emancipation Park.


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Today marks Juneteenth — the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of slavery in the United States. Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations were held at Emancipation Park in Houston's Third Ward with the exception of two years when the park was closed for a $33 million renovation that was just completed. A rededication was held over the weekend after a massive overhaul and renovation.

On this edition of Houston Matters, Maggie Martin broadcasts live from Emancipation Park and brings us interviews with people celebrating the reopening of this cherished resource in Houston’s African American community.

MORE: Juneteenth and the Evolution of Houston’s Emancipation Park (Houston Public Media, June 13, 2017)

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