More than 250 residents lined the streets of downtown Killeen on Friday during a Juneteenth parade.
About 25 organizations participated in the parade, which celebrated the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation.
“We wanted everyone to come out (and for) the whole community and be united on one front,” said TaNeika Moultrie, Killeen Branch NAACP president. “I think (the parade) went very, very well. Everyone was in good spirits.”
Pastor David Norman, of Magnolia First Baptist Church in Belton, will give residents spiritual words of encouragement as worshippers reflect on the history of slavery in America during a service at 10 a.m. today at the Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd. It will be followed by a picnic at 12:30 p.m. at the center.
“We just want to encourage everyone to come out and enjoy the free activities,” Moultrie said. “It’s not only to commemorate the freeing of the slaves, but to bring the community together.”