Hays County Commissioners Court Designates June as Juneteenth Month in Hays County, Invites Public to Celebrate
Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday proclaimed the month of June 2015 as Juneteenth Month in Hays County and invited everyone to take part in the celebrations within the county,
The Court thanked the many volunteer groups that organize the festivities in celebration of the day that slaves in Texas first learned that they were free – two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Declaration was signed. Union soldiers led by Major General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston on June 19, 1865 with the momentous news.
On June 18 at the San Marcos Activity Center, the Garland Warren-Rose Brooks-Nell Burleson Cake Auction to fund college scholarships for underprivileged area students kicks off at 6 p.m., a BBQ Cook-off Competition and Music Festival is set for June 19-20 at San Marcos City Park and Plaza, and a parade June 20 through San Marcos starts at the Dunbar Recreation Center at 10 a.m.
Many Commissioners Court attendees joined the Court in celebrating the Court’s proclamation of June as Juneteenth Month in Hays County, including San Marcos Mayor Daniel Gutierrez and BBQ Cook-off organizer Precinct 1 Constable David Peterson. Holding the proclamation signed June 9 is Precinct 1 Commissioner Debbie Gonzales Ingalsbe and Rose Brooks, an organizer of the Cake Auction for Scholarships.