By Roxanne McKnight
Staff Writer People from across Limestone County gathered Friday, June 19 – or Juneteenth, as is now called – at Booker T. WashingtonPark to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the day slaves were emancipated in Texas. The Limestone County 19th of June Organization spearheaded the milestone event, which they had planned for months. Speakers recalled the day the celebration ommemorates, June 19, 1865, when Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was read from a balcony in Galveston by Union Gen. Gordon Granger the day after he landed with his troops to occupy Texas. Descendants of Limestone County’s freed slaves still live in the county today and took part in planning the event, such s Joe Phillips, of Groesbeck, who led the singing this year.