With Friday commemorating the sesquicentennial of Juneteenth, it’s fitting that we also celebrate the 40th anniversary of College Station’s Lincoln Recreation Center. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, and it started in Texas. As part of that celebration, let’s look back at the proud history of what began as Lincoln High School. Continue reading Celebrating Juneteenth by remembering Lincoln High
By Lance Jackson, Lincoln Recreation Center Supervisor
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.
Every year, I feel blessed to celebrate, reflect and commemorate another Juneteenth. As a youth, I always anticipated our family trip to Belton Lake each June. It seemed like everyone we knew was there. The years have swiftly passed, and here we are, looking forward to yet another Juneteenth celebration.
Sankofa is an Akin word from the African country of Ghana that means “go back and get it.” The spirit of the word has transcended time, and if we transport ourselves back in history, we can find the true meaning of Juneteenth. For the last five years, the day has inspired my mission to research my family history.