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2009 Freedom Days
Juneteenth Pageant Titleholders Visit Houston City Hall
News Release
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Presents proclamations to pageant winners at June 16 event

HOUSTON, TEXAS ─ At a ceremony on June 16 at City Hall, Vice Mayor Pro-Tem and City Council Member At Large Position 2 Sue Lovell honored the two new Juneteenth Pageant titleholders, Miss Juneteenth Shaquitra Johnson and Little Miss Juneteenth Sarai Robinson. 

Council Member Lovell presented each of the two titleholders with Mayoral Proclamations prior to City Council Public Session.

“I was honored to recognize the Juneteenth Pageant titleholders and the Friends of Emancipation Park,” Council Member Lovell says. “The winners and all the contestants represent some of the best and brightest young people in our city. I congratulate them and their families.”

The Friends of Emancipation Park hosted the inaugural Juneteenth Pageant on June 6. Dorris Ellis, president of the Friends of Emancipation Park board of directors, accompanied the Juneteenth Pageant winners to the June 16 City Hall events.

At an earlier ceremony in the City Hall Rotunda prior to Council Public Session, Council Member Lovell acknowledged other Juneteenth Pageant honorees with certificates from her office. These individuals included Miss Juneteenth first runner-up Talecia Johnson and second runner-up Bryttani Watson as well as Little Miss Juneteenth first runner-up Ja’Mia Winston and second runner-up Dystiny Johnson. Bryttani Watson also won the Juneteenth Pageant essay contest, and Ja’Mia Winston won the drawing competition.  The Juneteenth Pageant escorts were Marcaus Nickle, Wesely Fraizer, Sherwayne Lockett, and Jonthan Sullivan. 

Juneteenth is the observance of June 19, 1865, the day Union General Gordon Granger issued General Order No. 3 in Galveston, which brought freedom to all slaves in Texas, more than two years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth is celebrated in Texas and by people across the United States.  The oldest park site in the City of Houston, Emancipation Park was established in 1872 when a group of former slaves, including the Rev. Jack Yates, purchased 10 acres of land in Third Ward for $800.  The park is now a protected city landmark.  The Friends of Emancipation Park is a nonprofit conservancy organization that works to raise awareness about the historical importance of the park and to assist in the enhancement of park programs and facilities.

Council Member Lovell is in her second term in the At Large Position 2 seat. She is Vice Mayor Pro-Tem and the chair of the Quality of Life Committee and the Transportation, Infrastructure, and Aviation Committee.

For more information, contact the office of Vice Mayor Pro-Tem and City Council Member Sue Lovell at 832.393.3013 or by e-mail at

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