Bulletin Staff Report

A “soul food luncheon” today at Bennie Houston Community Center will serve as a prelude to a week’s worth of activities in Brownwood related to Juneteenth, which will be formally observed Thursday with a parade downtown. Other activities are scheduled through Saturday.

Today’s luncheon will be held from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today to help raise funds to restore Hardin School for use as a museum. Tickets costing $6.50 will be available at the door. For information, call Adelia Kirk at 642-4745 or Hank Hunter at 642-2779.

The Juneteenth parade will begin at 11 a.m. Thursday with Draco Miller as grand marshal. Meosha Brooks, the Miss Juneteenth 2008 scholarship recipient, will also be featured. The parade lineup will begin at the Brownwood Coliseum at 10 a.m.

The steering committee continues to welcome participants for the parade. Anyone with horses, motorcycles, floats, antique vehicles or other parade units is invited to take part. Those interested in participating in the parade or in other activities may contact Michael Kelly, at 642-9017, LaSonya Hall at 998-0136, Harriett Wilson at 217-2790 or Carol Spratt at 642-0196.

Greater Faith Community Church will host the monthly prayer and praise service for the community sponsored by the Brownwood Ministerial Fellowship at 7 p.m. Thursday. The public is invited.

Events on Friday and Saturday will be located at Cecil Holman Park and the Bennie Houston Community Center. Booths will open at 1 p.m. Friday, and an area for children will be featured. An “Old School vs. New School” baseball game is set for 5:30 p.m., a free-throw contest is set from 6 to 7 p.m. and Slick in the Park will run from 6 p.m. to midnight.

On Saturday, booths, concessions and Kiddieland will open at 10 a.m., with free hot dogs offered children for lunch. Another baseball game is set for 5 p.m., and Victor Brown will provide a comedy hour at 8 p.m. James Butler and The Cool Show Band will perform from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. Butler played guitar for recording star Johnnie Taylor.

Juneteenth is the celebration of the day in 1865 when Texans received word of the Emancipation Proclamation.