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|The Juneteenth Celebration in Missouri City is the Largest of its Kind in the Nation.|
Former State Rep. Al Edwards sponsored House Bill 1016 that made Juneteenth an official holiday in the state of Texas back in 1979.
WHAT IS JUNETEENTH?
In case you aren't familiar with Juneteenth, its a holiday that pays tribute to the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas by Union General Gordon Granger (and 2,000 federal troops) in Galveston, Texas in June of 1865--nearly 3 years after Abraham Lincoln had declared all slaves be freed.
|Pictured (left to right) Derrick Woods, Mayor Allen Owen, Councilman Don Smith, and State Rep. Ron Reynolds|
THE LARGEST EVENT OF ITS KIND IN AMERICA
The Missouri City Juneteenth Celebration Foundation puts on one of the largest events of its kind in the nation. Below are some of the highlights from their 2013 Kick-Off Reception. According to the city of Missouri City facebook page: "The reception featured the robust, tantalizing flavors of Germany wines coupled with the culinary delicacies of Chef Ken Lewis. Light remarks from supporters and board members to highlight the kick-off reception."
|Pictured (from left) Constable Ruben Davis, Derrick Woods, Commissioner Grady Prestage, Councilman Floyd Emery, Councilman Don Smith, State Rep. Ron Reynods, and Judge Joel Clouser.|
|Picture (from left) Councilman Robin Elackatt, Council member Elect Yolanda Ford and Councilman Don Smith.|
|Attendees of the 2013 MCJCF Kick-OFF Celebration.|
|Attendees of the 2013 MCJCF Kick-Off Celebration talking with Constable Ruben Davis (far right).|
|Pictured (far right) Derrick Woods receives a hug from one of the attendees.|
|Pictured (center) Councilman Floyd Emery with event attendees.|
|Pictured (left) Mayor Allen Owen talks with attendees.|
|Attendees at the 2013 MCJCF Kick-Off Celebration.|