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The Juneteenth Story

On June 19, 1865, enslaved African-Americans in Galveston, Texas, were told they were free. A century and a half later, people in cities and towns across the U.S. continue to celebrate the occasion.
Juneteenth, an annual holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, has been celebrated by African-Americans since the late 1800s.

But in recent years, and particularly following nationwide protests over police brutality and the deaths of George FloydBreonna TaylorAhmaud Arbery and other Black Americans, there is a renewed interest in the day that celebrates freedom.

The celebration continues to resonate in new ways, given the sweeping changes and widespread protests across the U.S. over the last year and following a guilty verdict in the killing of Mr. Floyd.

Why we

Celebrate

Interstate Park Sports Complex opened in April of 1980 and since that time has served more than one million people who were either playing softball, kickball, football or watching a loved one take part in one of these activities. The park consists of six softball fields, two football fields and two outdoor basketball courts. All of the fields are lighted, with electronic scoreboards.

Between 2011 and 2014 the park underwent renovations valued at more than $500,000. These improvements include completely renovated concession stands and restroom facilities, new roofs on the three buildings, electrical repairs for the pavilion, new picnic tables, renovated stairway on the south complex building, new lighting and ceiling fans inside both concession buildings, a new entrance sign for the park, maintenance on the creeks and canals running through the entrance to the park and the middle of the park, repairs to the sprinkler systems on the softball complex and the football complex, repairs to lighting in the parking lot areas, repairs to all fencing and installation of new fencing at the football complex, new directional signage within the park, improvements to the dirt infields at the softball complex,  as well as paint on the buildings and dugouts and additional landscaping on the grounds.

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