Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and, on June 15, it will be celebrated and remembered locally with a Juneteenth Celebration at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuero.
The 2nd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 15 from 11 – 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 302 N. McLeod Street in Cuero. This event will feature a complimentary lunch and entertainment, as well as a community health fair with free blood pressure checks, blood sugar checks, BMI screening and much more. The event is organized by Dewitt County Ministerial Alliance - Rev. Lawrence G. Roy II, President and Mt. Bethany Baptist Church - Rev. Kelvin F. Washington, Pastor.
New for 2019 will be the addition of a community health fair, in which area healthcare providers, including Cuero Regional Hospital, will provide free health screenings, educational resources, demonstrations and more for the public.
Live entertainment will be provided by My Father's House, Franklin Sisters, Madison Wesley, April Hernandez, The Soul Stirrers and many more. Plus, there will be a guest speaker, Drosto Montgomery.
For more information or to secure a booth at the Community Health Fair, contact Rev. Kelvin F. Washington at 409-682-8597.
HISTORY OF JUNETEENTH
It was on June 19, 1865 that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Though celebrated nationwide, it's a particularly Texan holiday. Texas was the first state to recognize Juneteenth as an official state holiday, in 1980.