Hundreds attend Sherman's Juneteenth celebration

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

SHERMAN, TX-Hundreds of Sherman residents were at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park Saturday for the Juneteenth celebrations. It is one of the oldest nationally celebrated holidays commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S.
To celebrate, residents enjoyed barbecue, music and dancing. Neighborhood recreation committee member Rick Sommers Sr. said he's pleased with the turnout.

"This is wonderful, we have people from all walks and backgrounds all colors and nationalities, we just have a lot of different people here, we have a lot of children," he said.

If you missed out on the festivities Saturday, the Sherman Juneteenth celebration runs through Sunday.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 06:36 PM
    It celebrates the end of a specific form of slavery. Slavery has not and will not end in America, until Americans turn off ESPN and start using their brains and bodies to take action against the Federal Reserve Bank. Every, think about what that means now...every major war in the past 100 years has international bankers at its roots. They profit from both sides, it is an economic decision to them, they see numbers and in place of a heart, they have a horribly destructive and blind machine called Greed driving their existance. Their is so much more to life than assets and profits.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 01:26 PM
    Please see Anon's post. Juneteenth is a TEXAS celebration of the end of slavery....although former Texans may still celebrate in their new State.
  • by Anon Location: Sherman on Jun 20, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. ~~ from
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 07:05 AM
    As most, I am glad that slaverry was abolished as it shoudl have been. However, we all face a new kind of slavery now. It's called BIG GOVERNMENT and it will make us all slaves! Beware citizens!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    i am originally from denison but living in arkansas where they don't even know what it is.
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