Bulletin Staff Report

Brown County will celebrate Juneteenth with a parade and a banquet today, bringing to a conclusion five days of activities that began last Friday.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m., following line-up around the Brownwood Coliseum at 10 a.m.

The banquet is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today at Adams Street Community Center.

Dr. David A. Williams, who retired from the Austin school district after teaching social studies for 22 years, will be the guest speaker at the 6:30 p.m. Tuesday dinner at Adams Street Community Center. Williams is executive director of the Southwest African-American Heritage Organization, and is a former history professor at Howard Payne University.

Juneteenth commemorates the day of June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, belatedly freeing 250,000 slaves in Texas.

Even though it started as a Texas observance, its message of freedom has prompted the date to be celebrated in more than a dozen other states as well as several nations.