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LIVE from historical Ashton Villa in Galveston, Texas – the birthplace of Juneteenth

Posted on · Today, we're on location where African Americans were officially declared free from slavery on June 19, 1865. Our conversation reflects on a time of celebration, while learning the history and the deeper meaning of the Juneteenth holiday itself.

Houston Matters

Full Show: Zero Tolerance Policy’s Effect On Resources, And Developing A New Ebola Vaccine (June 19, 2018)

Posted on · On Tuesday's Houston Matters: We discuss how the “zero tolerance” immigration policy is straining resources locally. We learn about a new experimental Ebola vaccine developed by a Galveston researcher. Horticulturalist Linda Gay answers your gardening questions. And, to commemorate Juneteenth, we revisit Emancipation Park's re-dedication celebration last year.

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Live on Juneteenth from Houston’s Newly Renovated Emancipation Park

Posted on · (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 […]

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

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

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Significance of Emancipation Park Underscored by Juneteenth

Posted on · This Sunday (June 19, 2016) marks Juneteenth. It's the day when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston to announce the end of slavery in the United States. Starting in 1872, Juneteenth celebrations were held at Emancipation Park in Houston's Third Ward. This is only the second year since then that Juneteenth will not be held at […]

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Whistleblowers, State Contracts, and Emancipation Park: Thursday’s Show (June 16, 2016)

Posted on · Back in April, the Houston Independent School District suspended chief executive auditor Richard Patton. According to the Houston Chronicle, in a complaint he filed with HISD just a couple of weeks ago, Patton says the school board suspended him for being a whistleblower, questioning potential illegal activity. The complaint opens up the possibility for Patton […]

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Juneteenth: Celebrating 150 Years of Freedom

Posted on · On this day 150 years ago, slaves in Texas learned they were free. June 19th became known as Juneteenth, a day for freed slaves to celebrate their emancipation. To mark this 150th anniversary, Michael Hagerty tells us more about the first Juneteenth, how Juneteenth celebrations have evolved over the years and about a new resource […]