Pearland residents celebrated freedom Sunday (June 17) afternoon at the Centennial Park located on 3219 McClean Park.   About 100 people came together at the city’s first Juneteenth event to celebrate unity and share African culture.

Juneteenth is a nationwide holiday commemorating the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas and the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the south.

The event was free and organized by the Pearland Martin Luther King  committee and lead by local residents Adrienne Bell, FJ Jones, and Robert Williams.

Guest speakers included Crossroads Community Church Pastor Christopher Hartwell, Mayor Tom Reid, Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Derrick Reid and PISD Trustee Mike Floyd.

“Juneteenth is important because Pearland is a growing city and we need to be encompassing of all races, ethnicities and sexualities.

The celebration concluded with music, free BBQ, watermelon from Hempstead and fellowship.

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To learn more about the 2018 MLK Parade visit http://www.pearlandmlk.org