Juneteenth almost always focused on education and self improvement.
Thus, often guest speakers are brought in and the elders are called upon to recount the events of the past.
President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863.
The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order.
Certainly, for some, President Lincoln's authority over the rebellious states was in question For whatever the reasons, conditions in Texas remained status quo well beyond what was statutory.
"The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.
During the initial days of the emancipation celebrations, there are accounts of former slaves tossing their ragged garments into the creeks and rivers to adorn clothing taken from the plantations belonging to their former 'masters'.
Hence, the barbecue pit is often established as the center of attention at Juneteenth
This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer."The reactions to this profound news ranged from pure shock to immediate jubilation.
While many lingered to learn of this new employer to employee relationship, many left before these offers were completely off the lips of their former 'masters' - attesting to the varying conditions on the plantations and the realization of freedom.
A range of activities were provided to entertain the masses, many of which continue in tradition today.
Rodeos, fishing, barbecuing and baseball are just a few of the typical Juneteenth activities you may witness today.