Although COVID-19 has changed Elgin’s regular Juneteenth festivities, Elgin is still recognizing the holiday.
Juneteenth is a Texas holiday celebrating the arrival of the Emancipation Proclamation in Texas on June 19, 1865, freeing all slaves in Texas.
On Monday morning, Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon (right) signed the city’s annual Juneteenth proclamation with Bettye Lofton (left), Elgin Juneteenth Organization president. The proclamation, recognizing the significance of the state holiday, will be read during the Elgin City Council’s virtual meeting on Tuesday evening, June 16.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin’s regular Juneteenth celebration, which includes a parade and festival, was canceled. The event was originally scheduled for this past weekend. However, a local celebration is still scheduled for Friday morning at 10 a.m. There will be a prayer in front of the police department at that time, as well as a gathering in the Goins park with music and games.