Events around East Texas will mark Juneteenth, the celebration of June 19, 1865, the day when Texas learned that slavery had been abolished.
The city of Longview’s Broughton Recreation Center, in conjunction with the Emancipation Day Celebration and the Juneteenth Activity Planning Committee, will host a variety of activities through June 22:
■ Softball Tournament — 9 a.m. June 15, Broughton Park, 801 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
■ Annual Parade — 10 a.m. June 15, Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
■ Car Show — 1 p.m. June 15, Broughton Park
■ Local Entertainment — 1 p.m. June 15, Broughton Park
■ Juneteenth Rodeo — 8 p.m. June 22, Rodeo Arena, Maude Cobb Convention and Activity Center, 100 Grand Blvd., Longview. For information, call (903) 753-3165, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.realcowboyassociation.com .
Longview area civic clubs, cultural groups, service organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the Juneteenth park activities. Park space is available for displays, food sales, carnival games, exhibits and demonstrations. For information, contact Broughton Recreation Center at (903) 237-1276.
■ Juneteenth Parade and Fun Fest — lineup for parade at 9 a.m. on Lawrence, parade ends at Kilgore City Park for Fun Fest, with food, games, prizes and music. For information, call (903) 987-9567
■ Miss Juneteenth pageant — 7 p.m. June 14, Smith Park Community Center, 700 Spring St.; for high school girls ages 14 to 18, call Alma Ravenell at (903) 930-5461 or Regina Horton at (903) 340-7083
■ Juneeteenth Parade — 10 a.m. June 15, from downtown to Smith Park
■ Sabine Farms Juneteenth Celebration — 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 19, Sabine Farm Historical Site off U.S. 59 South and FM 1186
■ Carthage Courtesy Club’s annual Juneteenth Celebration — 9 a.m. June 15, Anderson Park in Carthage Downtown Square; food, vendors, singing, games and health fair
Tyler Juneteenth Association’s Juneteenth Celebration — Parade at 10 a.m. June 15, starting at intersection of Glenwood and Martin Luther King Jr. and ending at Woldert Park; activities continue until 2 p.m. in Woldert Park