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Edinburg: Juneteenth Memorial Service

June 14, 2014 - 9:30am to 12:00pm

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ended of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the war had ended and so had slavery.  This memorial service celebrates the African-Americans that are interred here at the Restlawn Cemetery.  Reception follows at the Sekula Public Library, 1906 S Closner Blvd., at 11:00 AM.


According to Valerie Ramirez, a member of the Hidalgo County Historical Commission, Restlawn Cemetery has been the site of a special memorial service commemorating Juneteenth since 1993.  She credits her father-in-law, former Edinburg mayor, Al Ramirez, for brining the cemetery to the attention of the community at large.  Mrs. Ramirez hopes the celebration will raise public awareness about the rich and diverse history here in the Rio Grande Valley.


  • Restlawn Cemetery
  • 1120 Jasman Road (25th)
  • Edinburg, Texas
  • 78539


  • Contact:
    Dustin Sekula Library
  • Phone:


  • The event is free and open to the public.

Map of Event