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League City Takes Part in Juneteenth Emancipation Trail Ride

Over the weekend of June 19–20, a group of about 50 cyclists gathered to ride the Emancipation Trail in celebration of Juneteenth, with a stop in League City as part of the ride. The trail, beginning in Galveston and ending at Emancipation Park in Houston, replicates the path that newly freed slaves took in 1865 after they were finally told of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been signed by Abraham Lincoln two years earlier.

Along the trail, cyclists stopped at historically important sites, including Texas City—where the only Reconstruction-era African American settlement in Galveston County was located—and at the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City. Participants viewed an exhibit on slaves who worked as cowboys, and Mayor Hallisey was on site to greet the cyclists and offer refreshments to the group.