The unique African American experience in San Marcos will be featured this week on Austin Public Television Station KLRU and its Juneteenth Jamboree.
The program will be aired on Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. on KLRU; on Saturday, June 15 at 12:30 p.m. on KLRU Q, and Sunday, June 16 at 1 p.m. on KLRU.
The 25-minute episode will feature Texas’ African American heritage from San Marcos. Learn about the city’s developing Dunbar Heritage and Museum District. Meet native son Eddie Durham, a jazz innovator and electric guitar pioneer. And enjoy another original performance of the Negro National Anthem, this time from the Gospel Expressions of Texas State University—San Marcos.
In the United States, the institution of slavery ended at different times in different places. The states of Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York had constitutional bans against slavery in place before the beginning of the 19th century.
But in Texas, once a confederate state, abolition was resisted throughout the Civil War and for more than two years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. As the Civil War wound down, Texas was ordered to free its slaves on June 19, 1865. Juneteenth is the annual celebration of this date.
Juneteenth Jamboree first aired in 208 as a Central Texas broadcast tributing the popularity and abundant joy of Juneteenth. The program keeps a pulse on African American culture and heritage spanning from 1528 when the first known African traversed what later would become the state of Texas, to a great day in Galveston on the 19th of June in 1865, and beyond. Each year, Juneteenth Jamboree highlights local vignettes that resonate with the idea of freedom.
For more information, go to www.klru.org .