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Elgin honors Martin Luther King, Jr.

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    The walking crowd starts to make their way down Main Street.
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    The Elgin Depot Museum, which is hosting the Freedom Colonies of Bastrop County exhibit, was open on Monday during the walk. Here, Tammy Bell Johnson looks at a photograph of her great-great-great-grandmother.
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    Bill Gordon, a council member for the City of Smithville, studies a timeline of Bastrop County's freedom colonies.
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    Michele Rutherford carried a sign as she walked bearing a quote by King.
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    The walkers sing "This Little Light of Mine" as they near Booker T. Washington Elementary School.
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    Carolyn Carter provided the piano music for the program.
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    Byron Mitchell from Elgin, the master of ceremonies, starts off the program.
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    The choir leads the audience in singing "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing."
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    The audience sings along with the choir.
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    Don Cyphers, pastor of Strait Gate Fellowship in Elgin, leads the invocation.
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    Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon, Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder, Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders, Jr. and Bastrop County Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden read their proclamations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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    Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon, Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder, Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders, Jr. and Bastrop County Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden read their proclamations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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    Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon, Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder, Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders, Jr. and Bastrop County Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden read their proclamations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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    Elgin Mayor Chris Cannon, Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder, Smithville Mayor Scott Saunders, Jr. and Bastrop County Precinct 4 Commissioner Donna Snowden read their proclamations for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
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    Cedric Truitt was the student speaker representing Elgin High School in the program. Each of the students shared a speech about King.
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    Yesenia Palacios from McDade ISD, Kewaysha Alsup from Bastrop High School, Micaela McDonald from Cedar Creek High School, Evelyn O'Campo from Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Janae Powell from Smithville High School also spoke at the program.
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    Yesenia Palacios from McDade ISD, Kewaysha Alsup from Bastrop High School, Micaela McDonald from Cedar Creek High School, Evelyn O'Campo from Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Janae Powell from Smithville High School also spoke at the program.
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    Yesenia Palacios from McDade ISD, Kewaysha Alsup from Bastrop High School, Micaela McDonald from Cedar Creek High School, Evelyn O'Campo from Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Janae Powell from Smithville High School also spoke at the program.
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    Yesenia Palacios from McDade ISD, Kewaysha Alsup from Bastrop High School, Micaela McDonald from Cedar Creek High School, Evelyn O'Campo from Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Janae Powell from Smithville High School also spoke at the program.
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    Yesenia Palacios from McDade ISD, Kewaysha Alsup from Bastrop High School, Micaela McDonald from Cedar Creek High School, Evelyn O'Campo from Colorado River Collegiate Academy and Janae Powell from Smithville High School also spoke at the program.
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    Bettye Lofton, the host for Elgin's program, closes the celebration.
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    At the end of the program, the choir led the audience in singing “We Shall Overcome.” Many of the attendees held hands or linked their arms as they sang.

This year was Elgin’s turn to host Bastrop County’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Walk for Peace, Justice and Equality on Monday morning. The celebration honoring King’s legacy began at 10 a.m. with a walk from the Elgin Depot Museum to Booker T. Washington Elementary School, where a program was held at 11 featuring remarks from county officials and student speakers from each high school in the county. A choir of Elgin singers also led songs and performed for the audience.