Celebrate Juneteenth with these events

It’s Juneteenth, the day Texas — after holding out for over two years — officially recognized the Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves. Today, the event is marked by celebrations, from concerts to exhibits and more.

FEBRUARY 6, 2014 - Serafia performs at the Javalina on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 6, 2014.  Members of Serafia's band are Dan Kattan, guitar, Daniel Leivas, bass, and Cole Hoffpaiur, drums.  (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Serafia performs at the Javalina on Rainey Street in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, February 6, 2014. Members of Serafia’s band are Dan Kattan, guitar, Daniel Leivas, bass, and Cole Hoffpaiur, drums. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Here are a few ways you can celebrate the day’s 150th anniversary:

Friday:

This exhibit includes over 50 handmade quilts, arranged in chronological order to tell the story of African Americans from 1619 to present day.

Check out some of the quilts before you go with this gallery.

  • “A Municipal Report,” a Juneteenth reading of O. Henry’s classic short story, 1 to 3 p.m., George Washington Carver Museum’s Boyd Vance Theatre, 1165 Angelina St.

Guest reader Dr. Billy F. Harden of Austin’s Spectrum Theatre Company will read an abridged version of O. Henry’s short story, which tells the tale of a southern woman writer who is abused by her husband and rescued by an African American carriage driver.

Check out one of the last in a series of talks about the Civil War, which explore the divisions in Austin during that era, how the town rebuilt after the war and how newly freed slaves started their lives.

Featuring music performances from EastSide Blues Syndicate, Woody Russell, First Flight and more, this blues festival runs through Saturday (3 to 11 p.m.). Attendance is free, but a $10 cover donation is encouraged.

The brand new performing arts center is hosting the evening, which features acts such as Boss Street Brass Band and electro-soul artist Serafia. Tickets are $5.

More events:

This event starts with a 2K run/walk at 9:30 a.m. on Comal St. and MLK Blvd., followed by a parade at 10 a.m.in the same area. The celebration ends with a park party from noon to 8 p.m. at Rosewood Park, 2300 Rosewood Ave.

For more events, check out our Things To Do calendar.


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