Juneteenth

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It is commemorated on the anniversary date of the June 19, 1865 when Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free. Juneteenth has become not only a time to commemorate Black liberation from the institution of slavery, but also a time to highlight the resilience, solidarity, and culture of the Black community. It is a time for Black Americans to reflect on their ancestral roots.

Join us to Celebrate Freedom


This year, Texas State will celebrate Juneteenth by participating in community events. These celebrations of freedom are an opportunity to provide our university community with a time to:

  • recognize and acknowledge the challenges, grief, and struggles we are collectively experiencing in our world, nation, and university community and work to create a more racially just and equitable world and society
  • acknowledge our ability to work together to build the kind of society and learning community we all want to take part in and be part of
  • to reflect, mourn, and contemplate, as a means to validate the experience of our collective humanity
  • to affirm the university’s support of these and other ongoing actions during these difficult times

Juneteenth Community Celebrations in San Marcos, TX

Juneteenth Foundation, Inc.

The words "Juneteenth Celebrate Freedom" with a watermark of two fists snapping a chain

Plaza Park on the River
206 N. C.M. Allen Parkway
Friday, June 17, 2022 - 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday, June 18, 2022 - 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
For more information, visit: Juneteenth Foundation, Inc.

The Juneteenth Foundation, Inc. will host a Charity BBQ Cook-Off, live entertainment, and a Unity Walk including a special presentation honoring Juneteenth history.

The Calaboose African American History Museum

People marching in the streets between two buildings. Main person has fist in the air.

Calaboose African American History Museum
200 W. Martin Luther King Drive
Saturday, June 18, 2022
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Free and open to all
For more information, visit: Juneteenth Celebration.

The Calaboose African American History Museum serves as a home for African American history and culture in San Marcos and Hays County. The Calaboose Museum will celebrate by hosting family events including bookmaking and storytelling as well as a lecture and Book Signing by Dr. Daina Ramey Berry.

Dunbar Heritage Association

The word "Juneteenth" in green, black, and red, followed by an icon of a black power fist

Dunbar Recreation Center
801 W. Martin Luther King Drive
Sunday, June 19, 2022
2:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Free and open to all
For more information, visit: Dunbar Heritage Association

The mission of the Dunbar Heritage Association is the cultural preservation of the historically Black Dunbar neighborhood through social practices, traditions, rituals, knowledge, spiritual beliefs, language, and artistic expression. The Dunbar Heritage Association will celebrate Juneteenth by hosting activities such as bingo and card games, a silent auction, live music, a 5k, and an educational segment.

Questions about Juneteenth

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