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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 […]

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Houston Matters for Friday, June 14, 2013

Posted on · Hundreds of thousands of people in and around Houston commute in and out of the downtown area each weekday. Joining commuters are thousands more running errands, dropping kids off at school, going shopping, going to eat. Let’s face it – we’re always going. But never more so than during “drive time.” Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and […]


Historic Emancipation Park Will Get Big Makeover

Posted on · Plans are in the works to give one of Houston's most historical parks a $33 million makeover. Located on Dowling Street in the Third Ward, Emancipation Park was purchased by freed slaves back in 1872. It was later donated to the city. The park has deteriorated over the years, but the city hopes to return this piece of Houston history to its former glory.