LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Today, in 1865, African-Americans in Texas learned they were free from enslavement. Juneteenth, as it's known, is celebrated across the state on June 19th.
In Lufkin, the Hope Center of North Lufkin held a community gathering that began with a prayer and singing. The Friendship Social Club tells us the size of the crowed showed how much the community cares.
"People really do care about Juneteenth," said Randy Horn, the president of the Friendship Social Club. "They are getting to understand Juneteenth a little more, I believe. People want to celebrate and that's why we are here."
The Friendship Social Club handed out barbeque plates and soda to all those who attended. There were also activities for children.