Community members attend the Juneteent prayer rally in 2020.

The Carthage Courtesy Club is planning its annual Juneteenth celebration on Saturday, June 18.

The Juneteenth holiday, traditionally observed on June 19, marks the day in 1865 when slaves in Texas finally learned that the Civil War had ended and slavery had been abolished. The news, which was delivered in Galveston by Union soldiers, came two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which was issued in 1862 and became official Jan. 1, 1863.

A Community Expo begins at the square in downtown Carthage at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 3 p.m. A parade will start at Carthage High School at 11 a.m. and travel through Carthage and join the Expo at the square!

There will be food, games and vendors. The public is invited.

For more information, call (903) 754-9384 or (903) 407-5812.

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