Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration

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The Best Southwest cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville and Lancaster join together to honor the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. This year’s event will be hosted by the City of DeSoto. There will be food, children’s activities, entertainment and much more.  The event will be will be hosted this year at DeSoto Town Center using the Civic Center, plaza and outdoor amphitheater.

Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration Information  Fro-Fest 
  • When: June 16, 2012
  • 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
  • DeSoto Town Center
  • 211 E. Pleasant Run Road
  • DeSoto, TX 75115
  • When:  June 16th, 2012
  • 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Civic Center Bluebonnet Room

The event begins with FroFest sponsored by Miss Jessie’s Original from 1 to 6pm in the DeSoto Civic Center. Browse the vendor booths and enjoy a natural hair showcase. At 5 pm, come to the outdoor amphitheater for performances by Joe King, Andrea Dawson and the Inspiration Band.

History 
The Best Southwest area which includes DeSoto, Duncanville, Cedar Hill and Lancaster is so named because of the cities’ ability to work together on projects that benefit Southern Dallas County. On June 19, 2004, these cities cooperated once again on a history making event by co-sponsoring a first-ever Best Southwest Juneteenth Celebration. The event rotates to each city every year.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves were now free. This was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation – which had become official on January 1, 1863. In subsequent years, African Americans celebrated Juneteenth with music, skits, barbecuing, picnics and ethnic dress.