Monday, June 19, 2006

Library Visit #10; Happy Juneteenth!

Owen (now 16 years old) started his two week video game production class today. After class, we took a quick trip over the Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library and caught up with New Orleans native Cynthia Charles, Branch Director. Owen and I visited the Carver Museum next door. Carver developed the first permanent exhibit in the country on Juneteenth. Juneteenth, June 19, celebrates the arrival of the news of Emancipation to Texas, news that took almost 2 1/2 years to arrive. Here in Austin, where Juneteenth is a state holiday, it is celebrated with a Battle of the (marching) bands. This took place last Friday with 8,000 audience members.