Jakhyah Jones, 7, stands with her brother, Jakharee Jones, 8, while James Booth holds the African-American flag as the Black National Anthem is sung during the Juneteenth rally after the march in San Antonio on Friday, June, 19, 2020.
With the news that President Joe Biden has just signed Juneteenth into law as a federal holiday,
San Antonio is gearing up for their own celebrations of the day, which actually originated in the Lone Star State. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union Gen. Gorden Granger arrived in Galveston to tell enslaved Texans they were free two years after the Emancipation Proclamation and two months after Robert E. Lee and his Confederate army surrended.
A Juneteenth History Harvest will be hosted by the San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum, which collects the family history and stories of Black San Antonians to be recorded, archived, and memorialized in the Texas A&M San Antonio Digital Library. Attendees can bring bring memorabilia, including family documents, church programs, newspaper clippings, yearbooks, report cards, or other relevant historical items and record their family's story in the museum's sound booth. The event will take place at Navajo Civic Center on June 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m., The Future is Freedom: Juneteenth Celebration will begin at Hopscotch San Antonio. Local chefs, DJs, vendors, and activists will come together to make up the event that will donate all proceeds to The Texas Heat Wave Project and Corazon San Antonio.
On Saturday, the Alamo Beer Company will host the S.A. Juneteenth Block Party and Fair, complete with local community partners, vendors, and sponsors. Reservations for the block party are free and available at SAAACAM's website.
Coinciding with the Block Party will be the Juneteenth Festival at Comanche Park,
starting at 11 a.m. Sights and sounds will include free concerts, a fish fry, health fair, kid's activities, food booths, and gospel groups.
Baseball for a good cause
The San Antonio Missions will play the Northwest Arkansas Naturals in a Juneteenth fundraiser on Saturday to benefit the Texas Kidney Foundation and SAAACAM.
African American baseball players throughout the history will be celebrated. VIP tickets include a meet-and-greet with the South Texas league Negro League Players and an all-you-can-eat buffet.