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An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton...

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Hall of State

3939 Grand Avenue

Dallas, TX 75210

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Join the Dallas Historical Society for a discussion and celebration of Juneteenth by Historian Donald Payton, and The South Dallas Concert Choir. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free.

Donald Payton is president of the African American Genealogy Interest Group, which is a branch of the Dallas Genealogical Society. Mr. Payton has spent more than 35 years tracing family histories and doing historical workshops across America. He is a former Dallas County Historical Commissioner who served on a special state committee to make June 19th an official Texas state holiday. In addition, he has presented numerous Juneteenth workshops and programs in various states. Mr. Payton has also been featured in national media news events and interviews.

Mr. Payton’s presentation will be followed by selections from The South Dallas Concert Choir. The South Dallas Concert Choir performs a diverse repertoire of classical music, show tunes, contemporary gospel, and Negro Spirituals.

The South Dallas Concert Choir is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

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