The Journey Continues...

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

My journey this week took me to the history of “Juneteenth” as celebrated in San Marcos. I learned it started with the General Order delivered to Texas on June 19, 1865, two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of January 1, 1863, by U.S. General Gordon Granger.  It reads:

“The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.  This involves an absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and free laborer.”

Today, Juneteenth has become an official state holiday. The celebration in San Marcos includes a myriad of cook-offs, a parade, speeches and, my favorite, the annual cake auction, coordinated by Rose Brooks, Bobbie Shaw and Michele Burleson. I learned that its official name is The Garland Warren, (local businessman, deceased) Nelvia L. Burleson (Michele’s mother in law, deceased) and Charles Callihan (son of Willis and Vada Callihan, deceased) Memorial Cake Auction.  

Starting small, 38 years ago, the auction of homemade baked goods began with the purpose of providing high school graduates with college scholarships. It has become a local tradition and it was well attended at the San Marcos Activity Center Thursday with Caddo Sanders, Auctioneer. A powerful memory from the 2016 auction was the participation of Mrs. Olla Anderson and daughter, Mellissa, whose home was devastated by the flood of 2015. They lost everything resulting in their move to New Braunfels. They triumphantly entered the auction with two homemade cakes and their participation moved the audience to tears. Another donor was Rescare Premier who supplied 25 cakes.

From the beginning of the cake auction, Rose Brooks, born 83 years ago at home in the Redwood community has been the spirited leader. Rose graduated top of her class from the Dunbar School in 1953, she worked her way through college as a waitress and graduated from Huston-Tillotson University in Austin with a business degree in 1958. Politically active, Mrs. Brooks has attended eight National Democratic Conventions as a state delegate from Hays County. She is a member of Jackson Chapel United Methodist Church and is the mother of three children, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Rose’s life verse, already inscribed on her tombstone at a local cemetery, is 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

John 8:31 says, “The Truth will set you free”. The meaning of Juneteenth is “freedom”, but the most important freedom is being set free (forgiven) from sin as given us through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Savior. A popular Christian song by Darrell Evans, entitled “Freedom” says: 

“Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom, there is peace, there is love, there is joy… It is for freedom You’ve been set free– I’m free, I’m free.!”  

We are free and forgiven. We should live like we have been forgiven and love and respect each other.

San Marcos Daily Record

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