Juneteenth celebration holds lifelong memories
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS - African Am-erican residents started celebrating Juneteenth nearly three decades ago in Ferris.
"The festivities were headed by Alfred Mosley and the event included a parade starting at God’s Kingdom to Ferris Elementary School, currently known as Ingram Elementary School," said Aaron Edwards Jr.
Edwards, a local helping to provide information to the Ferris Juneteenth Committee, also said after the ceremony, everyone would proceed to the park to watch different teams compete against one another playing softball.
"Barbecue was our main course meal," said Edw-ards.
According to many locals, Mosley has been an inspiration to keep the legacy continuing from generation to generation.
"As I was growing up, I remember this event bei-ng family oriented and fun," said Pamela Jackson Robertson, media relations representative for Ferris Juneteenth Committee.
This year’s festivities will feature a parade and ceremony, just at a different venue than years past.
"The parade starts at 10 a.m on Ewing Avenue to the Ferris Intermediate School," said Jackson.
In addition to the parade, there will be plenty of food, entertainment, singing, praise dancing and information booths set up by local universities and health agencies.
"We want to promote education among our youth and increase health awareness in the community," said Robertson.
The committee will offer free prostate and blood pressure screenings as well as having a CHIP Medicaid representative available to assist and accept applications.
"We welcome everyone together our event. I want to see this become the biggest and best celebration in the area," said Rober-tson.
Ferris Juneteenth takes place Saturday, June 19 at Ferris Intermediate located at 601 W. FM 664 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Parade lineup starts at 9 a.m. with parade begging on Ewing at 10 a.m.
A kick-off celebration will be held in Downtown Ferris Friday, June 18 at 7 p.m.