Release Date: June 17, 2009
ASU to Show Juneteenth Spirit
Students, staff and the university mascot will represent Angelo State University in the annual Juneteenth Parade starting at 10 a.m. Friday south of Martin Luther King (MLK) Park in central San Angelo.
Members of the ASU Police Department, students from the university’s Multicultural Center and ROTC detachment, and mascot Dominic, a live Rambouillet ram, will march in the parade. Dominic will be joined by his handlers from the ASU Agriculture Department’s Block and Bridle Club.
The parade will begin at the intersection of MLK Drive and 9th Street, then proceed north for 11 blocks on MLK Drive and end at MLK Park. ASU President Joseph C. Rallo is scheduled to attend the parade.
Following the parade, there will be an afternoon of activities at MLK Park. ASU representatives will also take part in those events and will be handing out ASU balloons and information on the university to interested spectators.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in Texas in 1865. It was on June 19, 1865, that Union Gen. Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived in Galveston to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves. That day has since become known as Juneteenth, a name derived from a combination of the words June and nineteenth.