Hallettsville man celebrates Juneteenth for the first time

Several Juneteenth celebrations taking place across Texas

HALLETTSVILLE, Texas –  Juneteenth is now recognized as a federal holiday. That means the doors are now open for more people to learn what it’s all about.

We spoke with a resident who said this is his first year ever celebrating Juneteenth.

“I’m 78-year-old retired widower and I have never celebrated Juneteenth mainly because where I lived it never was celebrated,” said Clark Walker, a Hallettsville resident. “But I read about a celebration here in Hallettsville so I decided to come and celebrate Juneteenth for the first time in my life.”

While some are celebrating for the first and gaining an understanding of what this day means, others know all too well of what their ancestors went through and why today is so important.

“I think it’s very important first I wanna say I’m very glad for recognizing this for this being recognized as a holiday,” said Satori Davis, an artist featured in the show. “I’m just so grateful because you know especially too like my ancestors in the past have had to overcome so many struggles and you know fights just to be equal and get certain freedoms that everyone should deserve and being recognized as Juneteenth.”

“It’s so important to me that African Americans that were slaves, that sacrificed their lives, to be free,”said Moses Adams, another featured artist in the show. “They have their freedom to live wherever they want to live.”

The Hallet Oak Gallery board members said that they are grateful for the opportunity to host the event and hope more people can learn what it’s all about.