In keeping with Tarrant County College’s commitment to serving the community, the College invites the public to celebrate Juneteenth through special events at its campuses and online. Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865—the date Union troops arrived in Texas with news that the Civil War had ended and that slaves were free.
The TCC South library (5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth) will host the “12 Freedoms Gained” juried art exhibit June 12-19. A reception is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 13. The exhibit focuses on freedoms afforded to African-Americans following emancipation from slavery and also will include tributes to the Buffalo Soldiers and Tuskegee Airmen.
TCC Southeast (2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington) will display a Juneteenth exhibit June 18-21. “Freedom Day/Emancipation Day” will showcase Juneteenth-related facts and images to impart a sense of the richness and diversity of the African-American experience. The exhibit will take place in the ESCT HUB and is sponsored by TCC Southeast Student Activities.
TCC Northeast (828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst) will mark the occasion with “Juneteenth Northeast: A celebration of arts and letters.” On Tuesday, June 19, the campus will host music, dance, theater and spoken word performances in Center Corner (NSTU 1615A). The event begins with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with performances following at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are invited to wear their African attire. RSVP on Eventbrite. The event is cohosted by Delta Sigma Theta sorority.
TCC Northwest (4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth) will host “Juneteenth: A celebration of freedom and culture.” The event will include music and food tastings and take place in the WTLO lobby Tuesday, June 19 (10:45 a.m. to noon). The Walsh Library also will host a display about the historical context of Juneteenth.
TCC Trinity River (300 Trinity Campus Circle, Fort Worth) will host Juneteenth Fort Worth’s “Dr. Erma Johnson Hadley Honors Banquet” at 6 p.m., Monday, June 18. The event will celebrate the legacy of TCC’s late chancellor and honor four individuals for their service to the community. For more information, visit juneteenthftw.com/banquet.html.
TCC Trinity River also will present a Juneteenth exhibit in the TRTR building, along the “Main Street” walkway. The exhibit, which will be on display June 18-22, will include information and images related to the Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth Declaration. On Tuesday, June 19, monitors will play documentaries highlighting the significance of Juneteenth.
TCC Connect, the division of the College that offers eLearning, will host an open online discussion forum Tuesday, June 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. “Connecting with the Human Experience – Juneteenth” will review President Abraham Lincoln’s historic executive order and the impact on past, present and future generations of Americans. The online forum will include instructional videos, ethnic music and resources for further research. To participate, visit http://bit.ly/Connect-Juneteenth.