Austin is hosting it's own Juneteenth celebration. Derwin Deuce Malone with the Austin Urban Music Festival joins us in the studio to talk about the festivities.
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, declaring all persons held as slaves in every state forever free. However, it wasn't until June 19, 1865 that the first slaves in Texas learned of the Proclamation.
Since then, June 19th, better known as "Juneteenth," has been celebrated by people all over Texas. This weekend, Austin is hosting its own Juneteenth celebration.