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Live on Juneteenth from Houston’s Newly Renovated Emancipation Park

(Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography) 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 in Houston were held at Emancipation Park in the Third Ward — with the exception […]

Emancipation Park - Rec Center(Above: Newly renovated Emancipation Park in Houston’s Third Ward. (Photo Courtesy Perkins+Will/Mark Herboth Photography)

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 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.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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