Juneteenth week spotlights LRC’s legacy of community service

By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor

With the week of June 14-20 commemorating the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, it’s fitting that we also celebrate the 35th anniversary of College Station’s Lincoln Recreation Center.

The city dedicated the old Lincoln High School as a neighborhood recreation center on June 6, 1980. Since then, the facility has been the location for many events and celebrations, as well as a safe and fun gathering place for our community’s youth. The center’s legacy of learning, community pride and freedom grows stronger each year.

President Abraham Lincoln, the center’s namesake, once said freedom is our last best hope. Hope may be defined to include an expectation of optimism and fun.

You are invited to celebrate with us at free events throughout the week:

Monday, June 15

  • Praises at the Pavilion, 6 p.m. at W.A. Tarrow Park Pavilion
    Area spiritual groups, soloists and praise teams will give musical renditions reflecting Juneteenth, a day of jubilee and freedom.

Thursday, June 18

  • Freedom Walk, 9 a.m. at Lincoln Recreation Center
    After a 2.2-mile legacy walk from the Lincoln Recreation Center to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the museum will present a historical storytelling program by Oba William King on the legacy of freedom.
  • Freedom Fest, 6 p.m. at Lincoln Recreation Center (moved due to the weather)
    Activities will include a Kid Zone, line dancing and musical performances by Amaru, E.M.A., and Memphis Train Revue. Food will also be available for purchase from vendors, or you can bring your own.

For more information, visit cstx.gov/lincolncenter or call 979.764.3779.

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