Bush Library, Bryan-College Station Community Celebrate Juneteenth

by LP Green, II

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum joins the Bryan-College Station community in celebrating Juneteenth with the annual Freedom Walk and a historical storytelling program June 19 at the George Bush Presidential Library Center at Texas A&M University.

The 12th annual Juneteenth Celebration begins at 9 a.m. with the Freedom Walk, open to all members of the community age 6 and up. The walk starts at the City of College Station – Lincoln Recreation Center at 1000 Eleanor Street, College Station, Texas77840, and travels about two miles to the Bush Library and Museum.

From 10:30-11:30 a.m. the Bush Library and Museum presents a free educational storytelling program “Upholding Freedom’s Legacy” performed by Clifton Fifer at the Annenberg Presidential Conference Center. Fifer will present historical stories about the Bu­ffalo Soldiers and Scouts, the Black Mountain Men, his original music, and a dance called the Bu­ffalo Scout Stomp. He will highlight the important role of the chaplain who served with the Buff­alo Soldier troops.

“The Freedom Walk and storytelling program are a great way for the community to be involved in learning why we celebrate Juneteenth and why it is important to value freedom’s opportunities through education,” said Bush Library and Museum Director of Education Dr. Shirley Hammond.

For free storytelling reservations contact the Bush Library and Museum Education Department by email at bush.education@nara.gov or call (979) 691-4006.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum presents the Juneteenth Celebration program in partnership with the Lincoln Recreation Center, Neal Recreation Center, North Bryan Community Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Brazos Valley, Brazos Valley African American Museum and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Located on the campus of Texas A&M University – a premier public Tier 1 research university home to more than 50,000 students – the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s Presidential Libraries system. For more information go to bushlibrary.tamu.edu.

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