B R E N H A M J U N E T E E N T H
W A S H I N G T O N C O U N T Y H I S T O R I C A L J U N E T E E N T H A S S O C I A T I O N
O U R H I S T O R Y
The Washington County Historical Juneteenth Association is a non-profit organization that was revitalized in 1982 in Brenham, Texas, to help commemorate the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union troops, led by General Gordon Granger landed at Galveston, Texas with the news that the war had ended and the enslaved were now free.
The Association’s organizer was Mrs. Loretta Johnson, who in November, 1982 sent out announcements through various forms of media, appealing to Black Washington County residents to meet at the Nancy Carol Roberts Memorial Library for the purpose of organizing such an association. This organization was formed to revitalize the Juneteenth Celebration in the County and to attempt to further preserve the Afro-American heritage politically, morally, socially, and spiritually. This organization is financed by way of membership dues, fundraisings, sponsorship contributions, etc.
Since the revitalization of this organization in 1982, the Association has become annual contributors to several local organizations such as The Washington County Good fellows, The Boys and Girls Club, The Annual Brenham Community Festival “Celebrate Our Senior Day” Program, Mission Brenham, as well as gives two scholarships to Senior Participants of the Annual Juneteenth Parade. The history of this organization is by no means complete…for each year another chapter and other achievements will be written to commemorate our freedom and the success of a striving group.
Throughout the years the Juneteenth Association has made and seen many milestones come to pass. We would like to thank the past Presidents for their leadership and dedication to see such an event stay alive in the hearts and souls of many people within the Washington County and surrounding areas.
- PAST PRESIDENTS CELEBRATING 30 YEARS -
Mrs. Loretta Johnson Mr. Tyree Leaks
Mrs. Gloria Wills Mrs. Eva Harris
Mr. Bennie Graves Mr. Darron Smith
A C C O M P L I S H M E N T S
Washington County Juneteenth Association has produced:
Citizenship Rights, Parades, Grand Marshalls, Banners, Carnivals, Vendors, Royalty, Famous Celebrities, Bands, Drum Line, Sponsorship of the Clouds of Thunder, Public Concerts, Car Shows, Dances, Gospel Concerts, Formal Ball, Scholarships, Good Fellow, Boys & Girls , Seniors Day Donations, School, Official and Local Business Supporters, Newspaper Articles, Local Radio Announcements, Local Magazines Articles, Trail Rides, T-Shirts, Souvenir Books, Maifest Participation, School & Family Reunions.
And Now New JUNTEENTH WEBSITE!…www.brenhamjuneteenth.org
We, as a committee look forward to the future as we continue to carry out this vision which was started many years ago. We dedicate all that we do to the many people who believed in the Negro Anthem, ”We Shall Over Come” and stood strong through the hard times that we may be where we are today. One Nation under God.
M A I L I N G A D D R E S S
Washington County Historical Juneteenth Association
P.O. Box 2365
Brenham, Texas 77834-2365