BFSA Commemorates Juneteenth

June 9, 2023

Although it is the newest federally recognized holiday, Juneteenth is nothing new to Texans. Since June 19, 1865, Juneteenth has symbolized the commemoration of freedom and provided a time for celebration and reflection. The Baylor Black Faculty and Staff Association encourages everyone to take part in celebrating this holiday weekend by attending events such as the Mr. and Miss Juneteenth Scholarship Pageant (June 16) and the annual Juneteenth Parade sponsored by the Cen-Tex African American Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, June 17 beginning at 10:00am at Heritage Square (downtown Waco). 

Additional Juneteenth Resources

Juneteenth resources from the Institute for Oral History

The Institute for Oral History has created a resource to experience Waco’s Black history through the Waco History app. Through this app, people can take the African American tour and explore the local landscape of African American history through interactive maps, photos, and oral histories. Learn more about the people, spaces, places, and events that have helped shape Waco's history!

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Waco History is a joint product of Baylor University Libraries’ Institute for Oral History and the Texas Collection.