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2009 Freedom Days
Juneteenth Celebration
News Release
Monday, May 18, 2009


Saturday, June 13, 2009

4th Annual Juneteenth
Springfellow Orchards Family Day in Hitchcock

Time:       1p.m.- 6p.m.

Location: 7902 State Highway 6, Hitchcock, Texas 77563

Contact:  Samuel and Doris Collins III (409) 526-2552

Stringfellow Orchards was owned by Henry Martyn Stringfellow (1839–1912), a successful businessman in the late 1880’s. Because of his success, Mr. Stringfellow was able to pay orchard workers one dollar a day (when the going wage was fifty cents). This enabled workers, mostly freed slaves, the opportunity to better take care of their families. It also allowed them the opportunity to buy land. In his book, The New Horticulture (1896), Mr. Stringfellow mentions the name of one of these men, Frank Bell. The Bell family lives in Texas City. Activities for the day include moonwalk, games for children of all ages, music and performances.

10th Annual Saint Vincent’s House Gospel By The Sea

Time:     6p.m.

Tickets   $75.00 VIP
$55.00 Reserved
$30.00 General Admission

Location: Moody Gardens
400 Hope Blvd., Galveston Texas

Contact: Moody Gardens Tickets Office (409) 683-4186 or E-mail For more information call Michael Jackson at (409) 763-8521

Please join St Vincent’s House for the annual kick-off concert for Galveston’s Juneteenth Celebration. The concert will feature the Praise Vocals of James Fortune and headliner  Grammy and Stellar Award Winner Yolanda Adams. Proceeds to benefit the children at Saint Vincent’s House.

Sunday - June 14, 2009

17th Annual Juneteenth
Development Corporation Scholarship Gala

Time: 7:00p.m.

Tickets:           Adults $15/Children $7.50 at the door

Location:        Old Central Cultural Center
2627 Avenue M Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:         Dorothy Brown (409) 762-0063
Archie Ruth DeClout (409) 765-6120

Young ladies ages 17 to 22 will compete for scholarships and prizes. The first place winner will be crowned Miss Juneteenth Ambassador. Contestants will be judged on an oral presentation of her goals and aspirations; a creative rendition of her talent; formal wear and a question and answer session.

June 14-16, 2009

Nia Culture Center Youth
African-American Heritage Exhibits

Time:     6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Location: Old Central Cultural Center
2627 Ave M, Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:    Ruth Ouzenne (409) 765-7086

Local youth will display Juneteenth Posters and Artifacts.. 

Tuesday - June 16, 2009

12th Annual
Al Edwards Juneteenth Banquet

Time:    7:00p.m.

Tickets:              $25.00

Location: Old Central Cultural Center
2627 Avenue M Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:         Ennis Williams (409) 744-1491 – (409) 392-1426

The state theme “Come on Home Where It All Began” highlights the history of Juneteenth and its importance to our heritage. The Banquet speaker will be Dr. C. G. Langham, graduate of Central High School, Class of 1962. Sponsorships are available at $300, $500, $1,000. Proceeds will benefit the Old Central Cultural Center.  

Thursday - June 18, 2009 

7th Annual
Underground Railroad

Time: 8:30a.m. – 3:30p.m.

Location:        Garten Verein Pavilion and
Kempner Park at 27th and Avenue O Galveston, Texas

Contact:         Tommie Boudreaux (409) 740-0454

Denise Alexander (409) 765-7834

The African-American Heritage Committee and the Education Committee of the Galveston Historical Foundation proudly presents “The Making of an Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom.” This day of activities will acquaint students 8-12 years of age with challenges Blacks faced to escape from slavery to freedom. Two Galveston professional musicians will be new to our program this year. Mr. Curt Gillins featuring “Magic of the Drums” will present an interactive history of African drums. Mrs. June V. Pulliam will teach students songs of that time to be sung Friday morning, June 19th at Ashton Villa.

Friday, June 19, 2009

30th Annual Emancipation Proclamation
Reading and Prayer Breakfast

Time: 8:30a.m.

Location:        Ashton Villa 2300 Broadway
Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:         Douglas Matthews (409) 747-2912

The Emancipation Proclamation will be read to commemorate the historic event that occurred in Galveston on June 19, 1865, two years after it was enacted in 1863. Galveston holds the distinction of being the place of the first reading of the Proclamation in the South. Texas State Representative Al Edwards sponsored two legislative bills establishing Juneteenth as a state holiday and providing for statues in Galveston and at the state capital in Austin.  Breakfast after the program has been donated by Landry’s/San Luis Resort and is free to the public.

Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Parade

Time: 11:00a.m.

Location:        25th and Ball to the New
Wright Cuney Park at 41st and Ball

Contact:         Leon Phillips (409) 762-7777
Barbara Gordon (409) 599-8050
Jaz Shabazz (409) 599-0155

Marching bands, drill teams, decorated cars and high kicking performers from Galveston, Houston, Dallas and other areas will excite the crowds along the route. Beautiful horse driven carriages will also be featured. To participate in the parade please contact persons listed above. Proof of auto liability insurance is required before the event.

Annual Annie Mae Charles
Juneteenth Jubilee Picnic

Time: After the Parade

Location:    Wright Cuney Park
41st and Ball Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:                Barbara Gordon (409) 599-8050
Anna Fields (409) 526-6193

The picnic will begin after the completion of the Juneteenth Parade. Complimentary refreshments will be provided as well as music and activities for the entire family. A special program including the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will begin at 2:00p.m. The picnic is free to the public.

9th Annual Mount Olive
Gospel Explosion

Time:     5:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Back Parking Lot at
Mount Olive Baptist Church
3602 Avenue H Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:   Rev. Peter and Quinnette James (409-762-0088)

The Gospel Explosion is a spiritual event hosted by Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Bring the entire family to join in the festivities and listen to great gospel music, soloist, and praise dancers. Prayers will be offered for our soldiers and others. Vendors will be available as well as activities for young children. If you are interested in participating please contact the persons listed above. The event is open to the public.

Reedy Chapel’s Annual
March, Musical & Reception

Time: 6:00p.m.

Location:        March from Old Galveston Court House on 21st and Sealy to                  
Reedy Chapel AME Church, 2015 Broadway, Galveston, Texas 77550

Contact:   Sharon Gillins (409) 392-5887          

Reedy Chapel AME Church and guests will commemorate the reading of General Order #3 in front of the Galveston Courthouse at 722 Moody and then march to the church at 2015 Broadway as Reedy members did on January 1, 1866. The Emancipation Proclamation will be read during the program that will feature African American spirituals by the Heritage Chorale under the direction of Mrs. Izola Collins. After the service refreshments will be served. The public is invited to participate in this free event.

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