NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - By Alexis Spears - email
East Texans had fun in the sun Saturday at Juneteenth celebrations. Many are celebrating a momentous occasion in Texas history. Nearly 150 years ago, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, freeing slaves.
"Picture if you're a slave and you got freed," said Ranea Jharuss, a Nacogdoches resident. "You'd be happy and excited."
Festivities include parades, bounce houses, music, talent shows, and plenty of food.
"It's just great to be out here, to be a service to the public, to have fun with the families, and mingle with everybody to make it a community fun day," said Ivis Ford of Lufkin.
Ford is the Secretary of the Friendship Social Club in Lufkin, who hosted the city's celebration today. She said this day is for everyone.
"Treat everybody equal," said Ford. "Be nice to everybody, regardless of race, creed, or color. Put Christianity in it. Put God in your life and celebrate, and try to pass it on to our younger generation."
More than anything, locals like to come out and fellowship with one another in honor of this day.
"You see most of your family and get together," said Jharuss.
As far as Ford is concerned, this day must not be forgotten and should be celebrated every year.