The Carthage Courtesy Club hosted a Juneteenth celebration in 2018 in downtown Carthage, with food, boxing and fun. This year’s celebration is Saturday.

The Carthage Courtesy Club’s annual Juneteenth celebration is planned this Saturday.

The event marks the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas, and the Courtesy Club is planning a larger celebration this year compared to previous years.

“We are planning on having a whole bunch of fun and fellowship, and we’re hoping that everyone will come out and join us,” Club President Felita Ewans said.

Festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. in Anderson Park in downtown Carthage. In addition to community fellowship, Ewans said the group will be selling barbecue goat sandwiches — a yearly tradition — and chopped beef sandwiches. Other vendors planning to be there will offer desserts, watermelon, snowcones, greens, cornbread and more.

“We’ll also be having some singing from some local churches and groups and anybody else who would like to come out and entertain,” Ewans said.

UT Health Carthage has also organized a health fair, with blood pressure screenings and other health checks planned.

“We’re excited that we have this many people that are participating,” Ewans said.

This year’s event sponsors are First State Bank & Trust and Patsy Meck State Farm Insurance.

Proceeds will benefit the Courtesy Club’s scholarships for Carthage High School students. The club gave out three scholarships this past year to Joel Salazar, Allen Campos and PJ Williams.


Carthage native Meredith Shamburger has worked for the Panola Watchman since 2018. Before that, she worked at sister papers in Longview and Marshall; the Dallas Morning News; and The Daily Voice, a hyperlocal news company in Westchester County, New York.