Saturday we celebrate the sweet freedom from bondage. We speak, of course, of Juneteenth and the 145th celebration of it.
Juneteenth refers to June 19, 1865, the day that Union soldiers landed at Galveston with the news that the Civil War had ended and that all slaves had been freed.
In other words, it’s really the day descendants of these former slaves commemorate their emancipation.
And for the local folks, both young and old of all races, Beeville is holding a big Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at the Bee County Exposition Center from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Highlighting the event will be barbecue plates, vendor booths and live entertainment at the Gospel Fest, featuring local (including the Beeville Men’s Chorus and the Gospel Truth) and out-of-town talent.
There will be no charge for admission and parking is free.
Area residents, and visiting relatives this Father’s Day weekend, are encouraged to head out to the Expo Center and enjoy some outstanding food and gospel singing – or sustenance for the body and soul.