Juneteenth is celebrated nationally as a way to commemorate emancipation from slavery in Texas on June 19 in 1865. The day is also called Freedom Day. They put on a festival for people Saturday morning.
For those who, like me, need a primer on Juneteenth, the celebration began as a commemoration of June 19, 1865, when Union troops arrived in Texas and freed the slaves there. Owners in New Orleans and MS moved to Texas to avoid the Union and keep their slaves under free labor.
Saunders said it was an introduction to Juneteenth, African-American dance, African dance, African arts, drums and painting.
"Today symbolizes a lot, not just for the African American community, but for people of color as a whole".
"We want to kids to be engaged, and each facilitator is in charge of telling a story", she said.
"Every year it's larger and larger".
"We get to come out and see great festivities".
This year's Lufkin event had a new supporter.
"It's an important celebration for African Americans all over the country", said Ursula Davis, a professor at Bergen Community College, as a band played in the background.
13-year-old Tory Lawson agreed.
"The reinforcement of showing the inhumane things people do to each other".
Ramadan Washington, a Juneteenth organizer, said it was canceled because the festivals insurance company raised the coverage price for the parade from $300 to $2,500.
"We have excellent leaders. You can look at the filament to the light bulb and the dust pan and the type writer and the golf tee and you can say thank you black America", said Roberts- Joseph.
Other adults in the crowd spoke about the importance of vigilance. "I like thinking everyone's happy, everyone's together, everyone's equal".
"Now that we have a new president in office, it seems like everybody's trying to be racially divided". But the rain prevented that part of the ceremony from going forward.
The creator of the museum, Roberts-Joseph said the museum is open to everyone.