Juneteenth picnics aren’t anything new. Historical documents show that even the first anniversary of the historic reading of the order freeing enslaved people in Galveston was celebrated throughout Texas with picnics and prayers.

In the ensuing 155 years, picnic technology has changed, with refrigeration, FaceTime to loop in faraway friends and Bluetooth speakers to keep the music going, But many of the picnic foods we enjoy today would have been extremely familiar to those early celebrants.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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