The Galveston Historical Foundation will present “The Making of the Underground Railroad: From Slavery to Freedom” from 9 a.m. to noon today at the Menard House, 3302 Ave. O.

The event is for children ages 6-12, who must be accompanied by an adult.

To RSVP, call 409-750-9108, Ext. 1305.



The Central High School Gathering events will be at the following times, dates and locations:

• The memorial service will be at 7 p.m. today at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M;

• An old fashioned fish fry will be from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (food service ends at 9 p.m.) Friday at Old Central, BYOB;

• An Evening in White Dance will be from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at Old Central, BYOB; and

• The Reminiscing and Departure Picnic will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Old Central.

Tickets are $40.

Call Odessa Holmes, 409-933-0515, or Carolyn Williams, 409-740-7883.



The 35th annual Al Edwards’ Emancipation Proclamation Reading and Prayer Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on the grounds of Ashton Villa, 2300 Broadway.

There will be a free breakfast afterward.

Call Doug Matthews, 409-599-5520.



The 36th annual Annie Mae Charles Juneteenth Picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Wright Cuney Park, 718 41st St.

Complimentary refreshments will be provided, as well as music and activities for the entire family.

Take your own lawn chairs.

Call Anna Fields, 409-939-4674, or Barbara Gordon, 409-599-8050.



The second annual Juneteenth at Jack Johnson Park event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday at 2601 Ave. M (next to the Old Central Cultural Center).

The event is free and open to the public.

Call Doug Matthews, 409-599-5520.



College of the Mainland will have its Juneteenth program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Learning Resources Center, 1200 Amburn Road.

Dr. Christopher J. Nickerson, who attended COM in 1998-99 and served as Senate Representative in Student Government and other organizations on campus, will present this year’s theme “Overcoming Against All Odds.”

Admission is free and open to the public. Lunch will be served.

Call 409-933-8190.



Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church will have its annual Historic March and Inspirational Program in commemoration of Juneteenth from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.

The event will begin on the steps of the Galveston County Courthouse, 722 Moody, and then proceed to the church, which is at 2015 Broadway.

Traditional Juneteenth refreshments will be served afterward.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Call Sharon Gillins, 409-974-4839.



Author and artist, Ted Ellis, will be signing copies of his book “T. Ellis Fine Art” from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at G. Lee Gallery, 2215 Postoffice St.

The book features more than 110 prints of his art.

Call 409-370-7350.



The Texas Black Expo will kickoff its 11th annual Juneteenth Summer Celebration with its Black Friday star-studded celebration beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the House of Blues, 1204 Caroline St.

Nine-time Grammy-nominated R&B singer Tank will be the host, and DJ’s Biz Markie and Kid Capri will keep the turntables blazing. Tickets are $30 per person and are limited. The event is for ages 21 and older.

The Juneteenth Summer Celebration will be Thursday through Sunday.

To purchase tickets and for a complete itinerary of events, visit texasblack



The public is invited to Dr. Roland Meyers’ annual flag raising ceremony at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Sealy Gazebo across from Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave.

Meyers is leading the charge for Juneteenth to become a national holiday.

All are welcome.



The Galveston Historical Foundation and Texas Historical Commission will have the Juneteenth Marker Dedication Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday at 22nd and Strand streets (Old Galveston Square parking lot).

The Galveston Historical Foundation will hold a dedication ceremony through the Texas Historical Commission to formally recognize the events in Galveston that occurred on June 19, 1865, as having historical significance and meaning to the citizens of Texas.

The event is free and open to the general public.

After the ceremony, visitors are invited to enjoy live entertainment sponsored by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Call Dwayne Jones, 409-765-3486, or Hank Thierry, 409-771-4470.



The “Take it to the Wood” Juneteenth Celebration will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Shiloh A.M.E. Church, 1310 29th St.

The event will feature food, games and fun.

Call the Rev. Kevin Hodge Sr., 409-762-3646.



The public is invited to attend the annual Juneteenth Parade at 1 p.m. Saturday.

The parade line up will begin at noon between 16th and 19th streets.

The route will begin at 22nd Street and Strand and will travel west on Strand to 25th Street, left on 25th Street down to Avenue M, and will make a right on Avenue M, turn west, and will end in the parking lot of Kermit Courville Stadium.

If you would like to participate, call Rosalyn Jackson, 409-497-3203; Jama Shabazz, 409-599-0155; or Peggy Paul, 409-771-0091.

Parade applications can be picked up at Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M, or by calling one of the people above.



Melissa Waddy-Thibodeaux will portray the courage and determination of Harriet Tubman in an inspirational show at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the Wortham Auditorium of Rosenberg Library, 2310 Sealy Ave.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Call 409-763-8854, Ext. 161.



Abundant Life Christian Center will have its Juneteenth Celebration Service at 6 p.m. Sunday at 601 Delany Road.

Food will be served afterward.

Visit or call 409-935-1606.



The Nia Cultural Center will present a screening of the PBS film “American Perspective: Freedom Summer” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M.

There will be a panel discussion afterward to reflect on the progress since 1964.

Contact Sue Johnson, or 409-765-7086.

To have your Juneteenth event listed here, email Community News Editor Angela Taylor-Wilson,

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