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Garland Juneteenth Celebration

Date: June 15, 2024
Time: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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Join us in celebrating freedom and unity at the City of Garland's annual Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 15!

Experience the emancipation commemoration through dance, speakers, and live music. Indulge in the delicious food of local downtown restaurants, explore the children's activity area, and reflect on the day's historical significance.

Scenes from Garland Juneteenth 2022

Garland proudly hosted its inaugural Juneteenth event on June 19, 2022, featuring food, music, and the meaning of this important day.

Juneteenth: Freedom Comes to Texas

The Texas Historical Commission hosted a discussion, in 2022, that retraces how Freedom was spread in Texas.

Why Celebrating Juneteenth is Important

"Juneteenth is important, because it reminds us of what we came through and what we can achieve. ...the reason General Order Number 3 existed and the Union Army fought to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation, is because slavery existed. It's important to remember what we went through and that we were able to get out of the bondage of slavery as a nation. It's an important reminder and it’s important that we understand what it took. It's also important that the Juneteenth holiday survives. It allows each generation to reflect what more there is to do. Juneteenth places Black people at the center of the conversation about freedom, it's meaning and manifestation in this nation.

July 4th is about liberty, but it was an imperfect liberty, because slavery still legally existed in the nation. Both holidays should be acknowledged because they are important moments in our shared history.

We should regularly consider the evolution of the meaning of freedom as we look at certain moments in the nation’s past and present. Someone can deeply appreciate why Juneteenth was important for the Poor People's Campaign. Why Juneteenth is important in relation to the events in relation to the disproportionate and unfair deaths of African Americans. Why Juneteenth is important when we think about enforcing our rights to vote and how we define citizenship in this nation.

Juneteenth should really be a rallying call for all of us to think about the meaning of freedom, particularly regarding African Americans, as well as to the nation and the rest of the world."

Mary Elliott
Curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
Source: "Why is Juneteenth Important”- NMAAHC.si.edu

I think that Juneteenth is a necessary moment of observation because our government and, to a certain degree, our nation and our culture has not really acknowledged the trauma of 4 million enslaved people and their descendants. It hasn’t acknowledged the impact this institution has had on this country and continues to have on this country. There hasn’t been a national accounting, and I think the Juneteenth holiday is kind of a reminder of that. And it will continue to be a reminder and a haunting until we do. It’s necessary, but it isn’t sufficient in terms of what we need to when it comes to acknowledging this history.

Karlos Hill
Professor of African and African-American studies at the University of Oklahoma and author of Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory.

Source: "Why celebrating Juneteenth is More Important Now than Ever ”; P.R. Lockhart Jun 19, 2018


Garland Juneteenth Celebration
June 15, 2024 | 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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