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Marking a uniquely Texas celebration, San Marcos will observe Juneteenth with three days of activity culminating with a downtown parade on Saturday.

An official state holiday since 1979, June 19 marks the day in 1865 that Union Gen. Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued a general order proclaiming “all slaves are free,” more than 2½ years after the Emancipation Proclamation freed slaves in 10 rebelling states, according to the Handbook of Texas.

Local events include a cake auction at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 19 at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E Hopkins St, and a barbecue cook off on Friday, June 20 at San Marcos City Park, said Arthur Taylor, whose group Impact San Marcos is organizing the Juneteenth celebration.

The parade kicks off 10 am. Saturday, June 21, starting at the MLK-LBJ Crossroads Memorial on MLK Drive, winding around the Old Hays County Courthouse Square and ending at the Dunbar Center on MLK Drive in the city’s historically black neighborhood.

Local Junteenth organizers, including Rose Brooks and Ollie Giles (center), were honored Tuesday by the Hays County Commissioners Court. PHOTO by LAUREEN CHERNOW

Local Junteenth organizers, including Rose Brooks and Ollie Giles (center), were honored Tuesday by the Hays County Commissioners Court. PHOTO by LAUREEN CHERNOW

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