The word “Juneteenth” is a blend of “June” and “Nineteen. On June 19, 1865, two and one half years after the Emancipation Proclamation, a union general traveled to Galveston and announced the end of slavery.
Iziar Lankford, Pastor at Southwest Drive United Methodist Church, is one of nine people on the Juneteenth Celebration Committee in Abilene.
“When you think and look back that my people, slaves, were free just a 150 years ago,” Lankford said in reflection. “I am only the 4th generation from slavery.”