Juneteenth event at museum to include 101-year-old Victoria resident, other speakers
The Museum of the Coastal Bend will host a Juneteenth celebration on June 18.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend will hold its second annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The event will feature speakers, including 101-year-old Victoria resident Ruth Johnson, a prayer from Pastor VanHook of St. Peter’s Baptist Church and music from the St. Peter’s Baptist Church men’s choir. Representatives from the Dow African-American Network will provide information on African-Americans in science and technology industries from noon to 4 p.m.

“We’re excited to continue this tradition,” said Isabel Ray, the museum’s curator of education and public programs. “Juneteenth is both a major single event in our state’s history and a lasting reminder of the importance of freedom, heritage and equality.”

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, which was the date Texas slaves learned they were freed.

To learn more about the Juneteenth event or other programs at the museum, contact Ray at (361) 582-2559 or Isabel.Ray@VictoriaCollege.edu.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located at 2200 E. Red River St. in Victoria. Regular museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is pay-what-you-want.

For more information on the museum, including a calendar of events, visit www.MuseumOfTheCoastalBend.org.

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Published: Wednesday, 08 June 2016

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