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Friday, June 17, 2011

Saturday, June 18, 2011

32th Annual Al Edwards  Emancipation Proclamation Reading and Prayer Breakfast

Time: 8:30 a.m.

Location: Ashton Villa, 2300 Broadway, Galveston

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 Corp./San Luis Resort and is free to the public.

Annual Juneteenth Jubilee Parade

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Location: 25th and Ball to 41st and Ball (Wright Cuney Park) in Galveston

Contact: James Josey (409) 497-6963  Parade Chairperson

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.

Annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Jubilee Celebration

Time: After the Parade

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

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 2:00 p.m. The picnic is free to the public.

11th Annual Mount Olive Gospel Explosion

Time:   5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Location: Back Parking Lot at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 3602 Avenue H, Galveston

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, soloists, 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:   6:00 p.m.

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

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.

3rd Annual Shiloh A.M.E Church Barbeque Cookoff

Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Location: Kempner Park, 2704 Avenue O, Galveston, TX

Contact: Helen Davis (409) 762-3646/ Annette Collins (832) 561-2548/ Shiloh A.M.E. Church (409) 762-3646

There will be lots of music, dance, sports, games and healthcare information.  Register for competitions and participation in activities.

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