Juneteenth Parade & Celebration

Covington Councilman Peter Lewis and Ashley Marissa present a parade and celebration on Friday, June 19, 2020. All are welcome to this free event featuring food, drinks and vendors. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends at Rev. Peter Atkins Park, with a celebration until 3 p.m.

In 1863, during the American Civil War, Pres. Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years would pass, however, before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the state’s residents finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The former slaves immediately began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song, and dance.

Dear Community, Leaders and Business

There is no better way to make a difference than to come together reflect and rejoice in the name of our Freedom. We must gather our elders and youth then educate them about, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
I urge you to join us on June 19, 2020 to celebrate this Day of Remembrance. We welcome the entire community to participate starting with our Freedom Parade at 10:00 am. Following the parade, we will have a day of resources, education, and vendors in Peter Atkins Park. Please contact us to see how you can be involved.

Sincerely
Councilman District A
Peter Lewis

Peter Lewis Pglewis2215@yahoo.com 225-505-3030
Ashley Russell ashleymarissa_00@yahoo.com, 985-201-9188