President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862. Although rumors of freedom for the slaves were widespread, actual emancipation for slaves in Texas did not come until two and half years later when General Gerdon Granger rode into Galveston, Texas, issuing General Order No. 3 on June 19, 1865. As the news spread, thousands flooded the streets of Galveston, rejoicing in their newfound freedom and celebration with song, dance and prayer; creating the day we now celebrate as Juneteenth to commemorate African American freedom. Today, these same celebrations are an opportunity to remember the past, recognize the significant contributions of African Americans, celebrate our diversity, and reinforce our hope for the future.
The City of Duncanville is pleased to join the cities of DeSoto, Lancaster and Cedar Hill in the Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration, honoring the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. This year’s Juneteenth Celebration will be hosted on Saturday, June 16, 2018, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Armstrong Park, 100 James Collins Boulevard, Duncanville.
Activities include food vendors, a variety of art by local artists, cultural exhibits with LIVE musical and dance performances and much more.
FREE shuttle service to and from designated remote parking locations before, during and after the evening festivities will be offered. Remote parking will be available at Costco and Duncanville High School beginning at 4PM until the end of the event.
The City of Duncanville invites you to “like” the City and Duncanville Parks and Recreation on Facebook or register for e-mail alerts regarding upcoming events on our website at www.duncanville.com.
For more information regarding this event, call the Recreation Center at 972.780.5074.