The renaming on June 29, 2021 occurred less than two weeks after President Biden officially declared Juneteenth a national holiday that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, thanks to a bill introduced by U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Senator John Cornyn.
Juneteenth Park will memorialize June 19, 1865, the day Texas slaves learned of their freedom over two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Juneteenth celebrations led Texas and other states to declare it a state holiday. As we celebrate, we also should acknowledge that the fight for absolute equality continues along with the work to remove the vestiges of racism. We can make these changes by looking into other geographic sites in Harris County with racially insensitive names.