There are several ways to commemorate Juneteenth here in San Marcos! Take part in a 5k in the morning, visit the Calaboose African American History Museum and celebrate with a wonderful lineup of art, education and community at the celebration. The end of slavery in the United States has been celebrated since 1865.
June 17 from 4:30-6:30pm
San Marcos Public Library
The Calaboose African American History Museum is hosting a showing of the documentary Juneteenth: Faith & Freedom, as well as a Q&A with the acclaimed film director,
June 18 from 10am-5pm
The Calaboose African American History Museum
The Calaboose African American History Museum is reopening with a special celebration for Juneteenth! The museum has artifacts from all aspects of African American life in early Texas and special exhibits, like the Thompson Plantation exhibit. So, make sure you come out for a museum tour and plenty of crafts and games.
In addition to the historical exhibits, The Calaboose African American History Museum will also have special events to mark the occasion. Family events will be going on from 11am-2:30pm with bookmaking and storytelling with Dr. Jesse Gainer and Nancy Gainer, a bounce house for kids and more. At 2pm there will be a lecture and book signing by Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, the author and editor of A Black Women's History of the United States; The Price for Their Pound of Flesh; The Value of the Enslaved from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation; Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia; and The Birth of a Nation: Nat Turner and the Making of a Movement.
June 19 at 2pm
Dunbar Recreation Center
The Dunbar Heritage Association is hosting a traditional Juneteenth celebration at the Dunbar Recreation Center. The event will feature a gospel concert, games, speakers, live music, vendors, a run and more.
About the Juneteenth Flag
The National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation says the flag was made to be red, white and blue since those are the colors of the American flag and to declare that American slaves, as well as their descendants, are all Americans. The star represents the birthplace of the holiday, Galveston, Texas since Texas has a star on its own flag and the bursting star that surrounds it symbolizes, “a new freedom, a new people, a new star.”