Juneteenth Celebration in Georgetown, Texas

Each year since I’ve been back in Texas, I’m honored to cover the annual Juneteenth celebration for the Williamson County Sun.   The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association coordinates and celebrates the day, June 19, 1865, when slaves learned of their freedom in Texas.   This year marks the 65th year Juneteenth was commemorated in Georgetown.   The San Gabriel Community Center, a sweet respite from the oppressive Texas heat, was a good place to be.  The first photo shows the 6-year-old daughter of a Georgetown City Council member helping her good friend, also 6, get the words right to what’s called the Negro National Anthem.  Note that I don’t cotton to the word “negro,” but it was on the program so that’s that.    There was much singing, dancing, eating and visiting.   One of the highlights was a visit by 102-year-old Annie Mae Williams City, who recounted her days growing up on a farm near Belton.  “We played barefooted,” City said, but “we kept our shoes for Sunday wear.”   I present Ms. City at the conclusion of this post, in color and black and white.   She has presence.

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