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Celebrate Juneteenth in San Marcos

June 15, 2020

There are several ways to commemorate Juneteenth here in San Marcos! Take part in a virtual 5k in the morning, connect and learn from nature with a plant walk and then celebrate with a wonderful lineup of art, education and community with a virtual celebration. The end of slavery in the United States has been celebrated since 1865. 


Dunbar Virtual Juneteenth 5K Run

June 19 from 7am to noon

Observe the day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States by registering for the virtual 5K. Run or walk at your own pace on a treadmill, in a park, on trails, or wherever you can. When running outside, please practice social distancing from others not in your household.
*Hosted by Dunbar Heritage Association


Virtual Juneteenth Celebration

Facebook Live

June 19 from 3-7pm

The virtual celebration includes a lineup of different events. From singing and dancing to educational components and even a BBQ demonstration!
*Hosted by Dunbar Heritage Association

3-3:15pm What is Juneteenth & Why It’s Important in 2020

3:15-3:45pm Negro Spiritual: The Language of Our Ancestors with Vocalist Joshua Banbury

3:45-4pm A & B Selection with Soloist Pamela Mitchell Watson

4-4:30pm Giving God the Praise: Gospel Choir led by Minister Wayne Thompson

4:30-3:35pm Dance by Xavier

4:35-5pm Talking Freedom: Spoken Word/Poetry Birdie Deshay Jefferson & Marvin Merriweather

5-5:30pm Get Up & Get Movin’; Virtual Line Dance led by Lee Merriweather

5:30-6pm This is How WE Do It: BBQ Demonstration

6-7pm Old School throwback Jams featuring “Multiple Award-Winning DJ” DJ Hella Yella


Juneteenth Plant Walk

420 Riverside Dr or Facebook Live

June 19 at 10am

The Juneteenth Plant Walk takes place at William & Eleanor Crook Park as well as on Facebook Live (kindred.woods). The walk is led by herbalist, horticulturist and wild food enthusiast, Alexis Magnolia (Lexi Nutter), and master naturalist, 8th grade science teacher and native plant enthusiast, Bess Reisberg. The walk will focus on specific medicinal and edible plants, as well as information on the local ecosystem as a whole. Face masks are highly recommended.


For those wanting to learn more about African American history in the area, the Calaboose African American History Museum is a great resource!

About the Juneteenth Flag

The National Juneteenth Celebration Foundation says the flag was made to be red, white and blue since those are the colors of the American flag and to declare that American slaves, as well as their descendants, are all Americans. The star represents the birthplace of the holiday, Galveston, Texas since Texas has a star on its own flag and the bursting star that surrounds it symbolizes, “a new freedom, a new people, a new star.”