UPDATED: Friday, June 15, 2012 - 3:27pm
COLLEGE STATION -- Nearly 147 years ago General Granger rode into Texas to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and even though the Juneteenth anniversary is still a few days away, the celebrations are already underway in College Station.
To understand what someone's been through, you must first walk a mile in their shoes and that's exactly what the kids at the Lincoln Recreation Center summer camps are doing.
"If you want to teach history, you know you have to go back in order to learn and move forward," said Lance Jackson, supervisor of the Lincoln Recreation Center.
Today the children made the 2-mile journey for the 10th annual freedom walk to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, kicking-off the week's celebrations for Juneteenth day.
Director of education, Shirley Hammond says, "Juneteenth is the oldest national commemoration of when slaves were freed in our country."
12-year-old Kaylah Cook has marched every year since she was five and says it's important to remember what Juneteenth stands for.
"I'm doing something for representing all the people back then who were slaves and they got us to where we are now. "
Brittney Ellis adds, "If we were still in slavery we wouldn't be able to walk out in the street and do stuff like this."
• Saturday: A parade, organized by the Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society will begin at 10 a.m. at Kemp Park followed by “Juneteenth at the Park.”
The Brazos Valley African American Museum will host a meet and greet from 2 to 4 p.m., offering the opportunity to meet the local musicians who will perform at the Blues Festival in Downtown Bryan later that evening.
• Sunday, June 17: The Lincoln Recreation Center will host Golden Groove, a local band, which will be playing jazz, blues and R&B beginning at 6 p.m.
• Monday, June 18: At 7 p.m., there will be an evening of tributes and heavenly voices at the W.A. Tarrow Park pavilion.
• Tuesday, June 19: The Brazos Valley African American Heritage and Cultural Society will celebrate Juneteenth at the Neal Recreation Center, 600 North Randolf Avenue in Bryan, at 7 p.m.