Annual Juneteenth celebration begins June 14

Published on Saturday, 31 May 2014 23:49 - Written by From Staff Reports

The Juneteenth Association of Tyler, along with various sponsors and volunteers, will hold its annual Juneteenth celebration June 14 to 15.

This celebration commemorates the proclamation ending slavery on June 19, 1865.

The Metropolitan Chamber and city of Tyler have joined to help make this year’s celebration a triumph and continued tradition.

With the help of Brookshire Grocery Co., their volunteers and donations, this event has been a success. Without the donations of hot dogs, hot links, ice cream, water, juice, ice, frozen pops, watermelon, cakes, pies, etc., the event would not be able to serve as many people each year, event organizers said.

Estimated attendance last year was 6,000, with people coming from as far away as Louisiana, Oklahoma, California, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi and other cities in Texas. Along with other members of the community, the Tyler Police Department and Smith County Sheriff’s Department are served.

T-shirts will be available for sale.

For more information, contact Jack Garrett at 903-571-7468 or Rosie L. Johnson at 903-360-2710.