On Saturday, June 20, The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (MTCC) will host its annual Juneteenth Celebration. Juneteenth commemorates the date the last of the slaves learned they were free. General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston Texas on June 19, 1865 to issue General Order No. 3, which read “the people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”
Dr. Michael Twyman, director of the UALR Institute on Race and Ethnicity will provide remarks about the importance and purpose of the observance of Juneteenth at this year’s MTCC Juneteenth festival, a commemoration that celebrates freedom!
As you enjoy the live entertainment, visit the multiple food trucks, and dance, dance, dance, in the streets, be sure to drop by the Institute on Race and Ethnicity’s booth where we will have a fun African American history trivia game and prizes.
For more information about the festival including event hours and a complete list of activities click here.