Port Arthur welcomes all to Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony and lunch in the park

Published 12:10 am Sunday, June 2, 2024

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Community members are invited to join the Juneteenth Committee, the City of Port Arthur and Shane Sinegal, Precinct 3 Commissioner, at the Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse to raise the Juneteenth Flag at 525 Lakeshore Drive.

The events gets underway at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Every year Sinegal’s Office brings recognition for Juneteenth as the day slavery finally ended in the United States. June 19, 1865, is when the last group of enslaved people was informed of their liberation in Texas, two and a half years after the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Tianna Bruno, left, and Carolyn Thibodeaux prepare for the Juneteenth Flag Raising Ceremony in 2023. (Monique Batson/The News)

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The flag is raised early in June to signal that June is a month of freedom for those gone before us and that Juneteenth is now recognized a federal holiday.

The Port Arthur Juneteenth Committee invites all to celebrate its 40th anniversary!

This family-friendly event features food, music, community speakers and more.

Do you have something awesome to share for Juneteenth? We want YOU at our celebration, organizers said.

Whether you’re into food, crafts, or entertainment, join us in honoring African American culture and history.

“We are looking for individuals who are passionate about African American culture to share their talents with us,” a release stated.
“Whether you’re a dancer, poet, writer, or someone who wants to share how this day has impacted your life, we invite you to join us in celebrating this momentous occasion. Let’s come together to honor our past, celebrate our present, and inspire our future. Your talents and voices are invaluable in sharing the rich history and culture of African Americans.”