Business Partners

Fiesta

Unity National Bank

The Houston Sun

The Houston Rockets

Texas Southern University

University of Houston

Almeda/OST Management District

City of Houston-Parks Department

Boys & Girls Club - Houston

League of Professional Women

Texas Southern University

Houston Public Library

Acres Home Drama Club

Aldine Community College

Rev. Ray Martin, Progressive Amateur
          Boxing Association

Project Row Houses

Third Ward Community Cloth

The Wiseman Company

MoShows.com


Executive Board

Dorris Ellis, President

Helen Graham, Treasurer

Patricia Sullivan, Financial Secretary



Board of Directors

Lorna Acuna                  

Jackie Autman               

Jacqueline Bostic

Glenn Cheeks 

Carl Davis                    

Keryl Douglas              

Dorris Ellis 

Florence Evans            

Eugene Foney

Jacqueline Gilmore  

Helen Graham

Myra Griffin                 

Mildred Johnson                

Thelma Johnson

Marilyn Jones

Lou McElroy

Sheila Ray Reed

Dorcaus Robinson          

Renee Robinson  

Dwayne Simpson 

Carmen Smith                 

Patricia Sullivan

Cleo Stewart                 

Harriet Streeter     

Chris Tucker          

Alvia Wardlaw    

JoAnn Williams                  

Kijana Wiseman




Web site donated by: 

Kijana Wiseman
WisemanCompany.com

and MoShows.com

Friends of Emancipation Park •  info@emancipationusa.com

P. O. Box 8041, Houston TX 77288  •   713-443-9774

Established 1887

Friends of

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Celebrate Juneteenth in 2016!

Central Houston’s Juneteenth Emancipation Celebrations mark over 150 years of the Emancipation Proclamation...


Want to be a part of the 2016 fun in 2016? 
GO TO our Juneteenth Information & Online Registration  Page







Want to see last year’s
Souvenir Book? 
CLICK HERE!



Emancipation Park’s historic 2016 Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration commemorates...

153 years since the Emancipation Proclamation

151 years since Texas slaves were granted freedom
144 years of Emancipation Park Freedom Celebrations &

  43 years of Central Houston Freedom Parades

             

 

A Brief History...

Rev. Jack Yates
 

JUNETEENTH 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--2 1/2 years after Abraham Lincoln had declared all slaves be freed in his historic 1862 Emancipation Proclamation.


In 1872, Freeman's town residents Jack Yates, Elias Dibble, Richard Allen & Richard Brock purchased 10 acres at Dowling & Elgin and dedicated "Emancipation Park"--the first public park in the state of Texas-- as a place to celebrate their freedom,  informally called “Juneteenth” and shortened way of saying “June 19th”. 


In 1973, C. Anderson Davis, founder of The National Emancipation Association, initiated Houston's  Juneteenth Parade--initially going down Dowling Street to end at Emancipation Park.  With desegregation, the parade moved into downtown Houston.  In 2012, it returned to Third Ward.


Rev. C. Anderson Davis


In 1979, State Representative Al Edwards sponsored the bill that made June 19th an official  Texas State holiday beginning in 1980. 


...Texas State Representative Al Edwards


THE PRESENT: Emancipation Park’s annual Juneteenth Emancipation Celebration marks not only the anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation; the abolition of the slaves in Texas with a week full of celebration in Emancipation Park and a traditional inner-city Houston Juneteenth Parade!


THE FUTURE: Because of Emancipation Park’s amazing history and its surprising distinction of being the first public park in the State of Texas, the Friends of Emancipation Park and the park conservator y aare currently orchestrating an infusion of $33 million dollars into a renovation and major upgrade of the park by the City of Houston, local businesses and private donors.


See photos of the new proposed park!...CLICK HERE.



Celebrate Freedom with Us!

 

The park where Juneteenth Celebrations Began!....

Business Partners

Fiesta

Unity National Bank

The Houston Sun

The Houston Rockets

Texas Southern University

University of Houston

OST/Almeda TIRZ

Almeda/OST TIRZ #7

City of Houston-Parks Department

Boys & Girls Club - Houston

League of Professional Women

Texas Southern University

Houston Public Library

Acres Home Drama Club

Aldine Community College

Rev. Ray Martin, Progressive Amateur
          Boxing Association

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses

The Wiseman Company

MoShows.com


Executive Board

Dorris Ellis, President

Jackie Bostic, Secretary

Renee Robinson Asst Secretary

Helen Graham, Treasurer

Patricia Sullivan, Financial Secretary

Florence Evans, Historian

Lonal X. Robinson, Chaplin

Atty Keryl Douglas


Board Committees

Donna Flowers, PR Resource

Eugene Foney, Arts

Cleo Stewart, Volunteers Chair

Linda Guidry, Cmty Organizations Chair

Carol Ray-Holmes, Education Chair

Vera McDonald Madison, Programs Chair

Kathryn Griffin, Public Affairs

Harriett Streeter

Glenn Cheeks, Infrastructure

Dr. Alvia Wardlaw

Thelma Johnson, Fine Arts

Kijana Wiseman, Digital Media

Cherlyn Latham, Public Relations

Dr. Joan Wlliams, Juneteenth

Ingram Mitchim

Browlyn Lucas, Cultural Education


Web site donated by: 

Kijana Wiseman
WisemanCompany.com

and MoShows.com

Highlights of the Friends of Emancipation Park’s 2015 Juneteenth Fest Parade....

Friends of Emancipation Park’s

2016 JUNETEENTH

EMANCIPATION CELEBRATION

June 11-19, 2016


Celebrating the abolition of slavery in the United States of America

and the park where the world's Juneteenth Celebrations began!


THE 2016 EMANCIPATION CELEBRATION IS A HISTORIC ONE! 

     153rd anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation;

     151st year since the slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom;

     144th celebration involving Emancipation Park and the

     43rd year of central Houston Juneteenth Parades!





Click Here for the
Friends’ most current
2016  Juneteenth Schedule!


LOCATION CHANGE!

Due to flooding delays in
construction at Emancipation Park, Friends of Emancipation Park’s Juneteenth Celebration is being relocated to Emancipation Park Area venues!See the
FEP Schedule for updates!