(Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography)
Since 1872, Juneteenth celebrations in Houston were held at Emancipation Park in the Third Ward — with the exception of two years when the park was closed for a $33 million renovation. Well, that renovation was just completed. A rededication was held over the weekend.
Today, Houston Matters producer 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.