Contact: Emily Weatherly
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States and, on June 20th, it will be celebrated and remembered locally with a Juneteenth Celebration at the First Presbyterian Church in Cuero.
The 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration will be held on Saturday, June 20 from 10 – 2 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.
Returning for the second year will be the 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. 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.