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An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir

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An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir

An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir

Jun 19, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Hall of State

	 An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir

On June 19, the Dallas Historical Society presents "An Evening With! A History and Celebration of Juneteenth with Donald Payton and The South Dallas Concert Choir." This is a free, ticketed event in Fair Park's Hall of State.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the U.S.. On June 19, 1865, Union soldier Major General Gordon Granger arrived at Galveston, TX, to take command of the state and proceeded to issue five Military Orders, including General Order No. 3, which declared that all slaves were now free. Granger’s news declaring the institution of slavery dead in the state set off joyous demonstrations by freedmen and originated the annual "Juneteenth" celebration.

Dallas Historical Society has the only known original example of the General Order No. 3. The document will be on display at Hall of State June 17-23.

Mr. Payton is president of the African American Genealogy Interest Group. 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.

Parking in available front of the Hall of State or in the lot to the north of the building at Washington and Keating.

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.